MAUN: The Batawana royal family have asked Kgosi Kgolo Tawana Moremi, who is also Member of Parliament for Maun West to summon President Ian Khama and his brother who is also Minister of Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama to Maun to address them at the Batawana main kgotla as they have issues they demand answers to, with regards to tourism activities taking place in Maun without their consultation.
Tensions mounted last week Tuesday when the Paramount Chief of Batawana, Kgosi Tawana Moremi was addressing a Kgotla meeting at Batawana main Kgotla. Batawana told Moremi that they want Khama and his brother to come address them at their main Kgotla and give them specific answers as who owns the Moremi Game Reserve, the Maun Tourism Park and the Maun Educational Park.
Leading the call was Batawana senior chief representative Charles Letsholathebe who told a fully packed Kgotla that Khama and his brother are refusing to address them over the matter. Letsholathebe claims that he met Tshekedi at Boro village during the preparations for the celebrations of the Okavango listing and asked him about the matter as he was quoted in some local media saying Maun Educational Park and Moremi Game Reserve does not belong to Batawana as it belongs to the government.
Letsholathebe further pointed out that Tshekedi had then told him that the Maun Educational Park was meant to benefit all Batswana. “When I asked how we Batawana are going to benefit from our park, Tshekedi said we were going to apply for jobs like any other Motswana as there was no specification that we were going to be part of the multi million pula businesses or be part of any top managerial positions” said Letsholathebe.
Letsholathebe further lamented that they also want answers from Khama as to why he locked Xhwihaba caves without informing them, “we wonder who gave him that permission to do so, we are disrespected in our own territory, we never go to Bamangwato and do what they are doing this side, let them come here and explain themselves.”
For his part, Kgosi Tawana Moremi said he had tried to raise the issues in parliament last year, but Tshekedi never availed himself to answer. “He never comes to parliament if he knows he has to answer me, am tired of asking questions at parliament and the only solution is to take this matters to court, we have evidence,” said Moremi.
Moremi also noted that despite Ngamiland being the tourism hub of Botswana its people are not benefiting from the natural resources but remain spectators while the few whites are the ones benefiting in all the business activities taking place in the delta, such as supply of beef, transportation, construction, mechanical works and even management positions.
“Am not surprised that this is happening to us, we took care of our natural resources for many years and now they have been taken away from us and are being controlled by the Khamas and their white friends. I am a victim of being deprived of what is mine, Chiefs Island in question, so when your land is also taken just know that you are in the same situation as I am. The reason behind all this is they do not want us to prosper, they want us to be controlled and for them to control us, they have to impoverish us so that we can go back to them and beg them for food,” decried Moremi.
Moremi also raised questions over why the Bamangwato royals were showing much interest in controlling the Batawana resources whereas their own remained in their full control. “The Batawana have no interest in their Khama Rhino Sanctuary, our trusts are being taken from under our control while theirs are under their full control, the Kgosi posited.
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