Tlokweng land war

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Tribal authorities and youth in Tlokweng, on one hand, and the Tlokweng Land Board on the other are headed for a collision course over land allocation in the urban village.

On Wednesday, February 27, the land board in Tlokweng will finally distribute 285 plots controversially won in a raffle last June.The distribution of the plots to their intended recipients have not gone ahead despite then permanent secretary in the Ministry of Lands  and Housing, Tsaone Thebe, okaying the move.The tribal leadership in Tlokweng, which also sits in the land board, confirmed to The Monitor on Friday that they have received correspondence from the Tlokweng Land Board informing them that they will be disposing of the 285 plots this Wednesday.

Batlokwa deputy Paramount Chief Michael Gaborone says the announcement has greatly disturbed them, adding that Tlokweng residents do not agree with the notion of putting up tribal land to a lottery. "We are going to fight it (the land allocation). It is a cruel exercise to Batlokwa. Our position is that we no longer have land to give to other tribes, after giving away over 85 percent of our land for Gaborone city. We will fight to the bitter end for our tribal rights," he vowed.Gaborone also said they might call an urgent Kgotla meeting ahead of the planned land allocation by the land board between now and tomorrow.  He said he is shocked that the land board has decided to press ahead with the land allocation.

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