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Tawana Land Board (TLB) has rejected a North West District Council motion calling on the board to issue land certificates to Boro residents who have been occupying the area, some for over five decades, but whose homes have not been registered.
The motion, was tabled by Boro/Senonnori ward councillor Kenson Kgaga early this year and was subsequently adopted. At the core of Kgaga’s submission, lies a call for consistency by the board, for it has allocated 48 plots in the same area along the river, which the board now claims was a mistake.
Tabling the motion in a previous full Council meeting early this year, Kgaga argued that the certificates should be issued the same way TLB managed to allocate a total of 48 certificates to individuals who do not originate in Boro, despite the fact that the area is not gazetted.
Kgaga had initially tabled a motion for a delegation led by the District Commissioner to go to Boro settlement and establish whether TLB has ever allocated residential plots in the area. Surprisingly, the delegation found that TLB has allocated 48 plots in Boro.
This subsequently led to the area councillor tabling another motion calling on TLB to allocate residential certificates to people who are already staying in Boro the same way the board issued certificates to the 48 individuals.
Presenting the response from TLB, Acting Council Secretary Masaoko Katorah explained that certificates could not be granted at Boro since allocations are not made in the area. He further noted that TLB has however advised council to request the ministry of local government for Boro to be incorporated to Maun.
Katorah further indicated that TLB has noted in their response that the 48 plots allocated in Boro settlement were allocated by mistake hence they cannot continue making the allocations.
Commenting on the response, Kgaga lamented that this is a violation of the rights of Boro residents, further accusing TLB of being corrupt and unfair on land allocations.
“It is sad that they say they mistakenly allocated 48 people and surprisingly those who were allocated do not even originate in the Boro area, we have people who have been residents since the 1970’s but they were not considered when the said mistake was made,” Kgaga said.
Kgaga lamented that currently TLB is denying Boro residents to claim their old ruins (Matota) as it is the case with other Batswana in different areas.
He indicated that a two teacher class-room is currently being built in Boro, however he noted with concern that since the school is built in an area with no certificate of ownership it will be impossible to connect necessities such as water and electricity which require a certificate of land ownership.
“Currently Information Technology (ICT) has been introduced in schools but Boro children will never benefit because of TLB. The same applies to the living conditions of teachers who will be in charge of the school, they will struggle to have access to clean drinking water,” Kgaga said.
Commenting Bojanala area councillor Luke Motlaleselelo who also shared the same sentiments indicated that land allocation is a process, adding that he fails to understand how the land allocation was mistakenly done.
Motlaleselelo was of the view that there should be a task team to investigate on how the land was mistakenly allocated and if found to be a corrupt act, those responsible be taken to task.