The establishment of the protectorate (part 4) – “Warren at Molepolole”

In our last instalment on the 1884 imposition of British authority, we noted that by May 1886 a Land Commission chaired by Rhodes’ close associate Sidney Shippard, had robbed the Batswana living south of the Molopo of 92% of their land.

Shippard, who became known to Batswana as “Morena Maaka” (“Lord of Lies”), was then appointed as Bechuanaland’s Administrator.

The Colonial Office foreclosed the possibility of a linkup between German South-West Africa and the Transvaal Boers in an Order-in-Council dated 27th of January 1885, which extended the Bechuanaland Protectorate north of the Molopo to include the southern Botswana up to the 22nd parallel of south latitude.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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