Kgatleng land owners this week lodged a complaint against the Ministry of Lands, Water and Sanitation Services, and Kgatleng Land Board to the Kgatleng Police Station on claims that they have violated the Town and Country Planning Act.
The petitioners have also delivered a petition to President Mokgweetsi Masisi over grievances with the land board.
Their grievances on the petition addressed to Masisi is informed by a directive taken at the 14th regular cabinet meeting held on May 2019 in which he authorized change of land use for the plot that was allocated for agricultural use.
The Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services (MLWS) revised the Development Control code accordingly.
However, Kgatleng Land Board has since moved to suspend the practice on the basis that Sub-Land Boards, which had implemented the directive, had no power to do so.
In principle, according to petitioners, government has moved to revoke all previously issued leases that reflect a change of land use on agricultural land especially where there are subdivisions that yield plot sizes lower than 1 hectare.
Kgatleng Land Board, according to petitioners, has indefinitely deferred and rejected all applications that pertain to change of land use and subdivision of agricultural land.
The land board also moved to refuse the approval of survey diagrams that pertain to change of land use and subdivision of agricultural land.
The concerned individuals stated that land authorities refuse the registration of title or rights that pertain to change of land use and subdivision of agricultural land, halting businesses and developments that have infrastructure and employ hundreds even thousands of Batswana.
“There are too many instances to quote of preferential treatment by Kgatleng Land Board, wherein they reject, revoke or they defer indefinitely applications and in the same breath approve similar or even identical applications. This practice of nepotism by the authorities of favoring one citizen over the other is unlawful and must be challenged to the fullest extent of the law,” reads the petition.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.