Khama fights farmers for uranium wells

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Farmers hoping to reap rewards from a new uranium mine in the Folly area near Serule fear that President Ian Khama is about to spoil the party, after he launched a three pronged investigation, using two Ngwato Land Boards and his office to reclaim tens of boreholes once owned by his late father, Sir Seretse Khama. The boreholes are situated in the vast area that makes up the planned mining zone for uranium.

The move has alarmed farmers in the area who expected to cash in when A-Cap Resources starts mining uranium in the area in two years time.

The farmers fear that the Khamas who already have Anthony, the President's brother on the Board of the mining company, are positioning themselves to benefit from their father's land at their expense.However, yesterday deputy permanent secretary in the Office of the President and former private secretary and senior private secretary to the President, Colonel Duke Masilo explained that he headed an investigation into the ownership of wells once owned by the President, but said his investigation which was also conducted in conjunction with the Ngwato Land Board was not confined to one area but was broad. Masilo explained that the investigation covered boreholes in Tswapong, some in Otse (bordering Kweneng and Gammangwato), some in the Paje area and some in Folly, which include the uranium area.

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