New Land Policy For Urban Villages

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Villagers residing around greater Gaborone will breathe a sigh of relief when government tables a new land policy protecting their land from the claws of city dwellers.

Lands Minister, Lebonaamang Mokalake, says in the July session of Parliament, he will table a new land policy that will, among others, introduce a quota system for land allocation for the villages lying within the periphery of the capital city. The policy, Mokalake says, seeks to address the problem of land being gobbled up by city dwellers at the expense of the residents of those villages.

Mokalake says the quota system will see over 70 percent of land allocated by the Land Boards going to the residents of those villages, while only a small proportion will go to other Batswana.However, the minister says to control incidences of Batswana selling their residential plots as soon as they acquire them, the new policy will make it impossible for any one with a single residential plot to dispose of it.

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