This week we continue our historical examination of Chobe District, which over the centuries has served as a crossroads linking the wealth of central and southern Africa across the Chobe and Zambezi rivers.

In our last instalment we had noted that the venerable Makololo monarch Sebetwane reached out to Dikgosi Letsholathebe, Sechele, and Sekgoma to request that the road to his kingdom be opened to the Europeans in return for access to the hunting grounds in Chobe.

As a result in 1851 Livingstone, once more joined by Oswell and Fleming, arrived at Linyandi just weeks before the great Mokololo's death on July 7. Thereafter, the trio explored the region north of the Zambezi River. While Livingstone remained behind at Sesheke, Oswell, apparently accompanied by Fleming, proceeded from the confluence of the river they labelled Chobe eastward along the Zambezi, only turning back after spotting the spray of Mosi-oa-Thunya or Victoria Falls. This was just over four years before their supposed discovery by Livingstone in November 1855.

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Gov’t, Balete should bury the hatchet

The acrimony that seemingly characterised the relationship between the Malete Land Board on behalf of the Botswana government and Kgosi Mosadi Seboko and the tribe, should now be water under the bridge as the tribe has finally gotten what it has been fighting for - the land.Kgosi Mosadi has articulated an instance upon which she was allegedly summoned to the State House by the Head of State, Mokgweetsi Masisi where the former claimed she was...

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