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Landboard chairperson calls for stakeholder collaboration

Chobe land board chairperson, Mr Johane Chenjekwa has underscored the importance of unity by all stakeholders in the allocation of land.

Speaking at a stakeholder workshop on November 20, Mr Chenjekwa said before the introduction of land boards, dikgosi were responsible for the allocation of land hence the need to consult them from time to time on land issues and share information.

He said stakeholders collaboration would assist board members to diligently handle land matters as the land resource was a sensitive one that could result in civil unrest if not handled properly.

Since the board members are new there is need to discuss with stakeholders such as dikgosi, court clerks, land overseers and VDCs on how the board could service communities better during their three-year appointment, he added.

He noted that before the introduction of land boards; dikgosi allocated land exceptionally hence it was important for land board members to continuously consult with them and update them on any new land reforms.

Mr Chenjekwa said wealth creation, ‘which is one of the President’s priorities, cannot be divorced from land.’ 

He highlighted that while Chobe was one of the districts with acute shortage of land, stakeholders should not despair as the few resources available were valuable and could benefit Batswana immensely.

The land board chairperson said there was need to unleash economic potential in the district but lamented that some business and farm plots in the district remained undeveloped.

Mr Chenjekwa said the land board continued to be committed to reducing youth unemployment as evidenced by the allocation of 11 farms in Pandamatenga, adding that they would continue to empower other disadvantaged groups of the community such as women and people living with disabilities.

He said while the land board had pledged to help in wealth creation by prioritising land allocation for investors, it would critically make assessments to ensure land was not allocated to people with wrong motives.

He appealed to stakeholders to help the land board on issues of plot inheritance, noting that the land board did not allocate inherited plots but only endorsed what the concerned parties had agreed upon. 

Mr Chenjekwa noted a number of incidents whereby relatives of deceased plot owners came to the land board for it to determine the rightful heir, urging dikgosi to assist in that regard.

The other issue that the land board chairperson cited as a challenge to the board was plots that were previously allocated by dikgosi. 

He therefore called on dikgosi to certify after thorough scrutiny because some people deliberately gave false information in order to acquire land.

The objectives of the workshop  according to the Chobe land board secretary, Mr Kealeboga Kemoreile, were to familiarise stakeholders on the land inheritance process, registration of plots, new land reforms, give an update on the Kasane-Kazungula re-development plan as well as to engage them on how to handle land allocation conflicts, among others. ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Keamogetse Letsholo

Location : KASANE

Event : stakeholder workshop

Date : Nov 22 Sun,2020

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