Gov’t to acquire more private land

Mzwinila said he is tasked with the land acquisition responsibility PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Mzwinila said he is tasked with the land acquisition responsibility PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

After regaining what was the biggest freehold land in the country in the North East District, government has revealed that it will now pounce on other private land owners near the border.

It was recently revealed that government has acquired the 45, 000 hectares of land and will pay the seller, Tati Company, P1.4 billion over two financial years. Before the deal, in the North-East, about five percent of Botswana’s land was made up of ‘prime’ freehold land.

Even though it is the smallest in terms of percentage, freehold land is amongst the most valuable land in the country and it is often agricultural land or one used for ranching. Although the government disclosed that the Tati Company acquisition was a peaceful transition, the Minister of Lands and Water Affairs Kefentse Mzwinila recently told Parliament that the land in the North-East has given them hope to purchase other freehold lands at a price.

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