GOVERNMENT GIVES PRIORITY TO WILDLIFE

Botswana Wildlife landscape

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngami, Taolo Habano this week told Parliament that the people of Sexaxa settlement in Maun were forcibly moved out of fertile land to create more space for wild animals.

Habano a Member of Botswana Congress Party, said this when commenting on the recent state of the nation address by the state President, Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

“We should not reserve all the fertile land for wild animals as you did in places like Sexaxa when you moved people from the fertile land to give space to wild animals. Allow the people to plough in these fertile lands,” Habano pointed out.

He was adding on to comments made earlier by Maun East MP, Frank Ramsden of the ruling party who had told Parliament that the people of Sexaxa were rendered homeless when the Tawana Land Board demolished their houses recently.

“These people would stay under trees until they die,” Ramsden pointed out.

His contention was that by demolishing the Sexaxa Squatters the already poor community was left helpless and worse off.

In fact he said many of the Sexaxa inhabitants has moved further into the lands and continue to leave under trees.

Ramsden further stated that it was close to impossible for these people to leave a dignified life, which President Khama is advocating for in one of his key “Ds.”

He even wondered whether these disadvantaged group qualified to be built houses under the Presidential housing scheme since the North West District Council recognizes it as an extension area for Maun.

Meanwhile the Minister of Presidential affairs, Mokwwetsi Masisi revealed that 501 houses valued at P42 585 000,00 have been pledged but only P1 569 964,64 has already been paid up.

Nine houses in the Maun Administration Authority have been pledged under this scheme. One house has been completed in Maun and eight are under construction, three in Makalamabedi, two in Bodibeng and Kareng respectively, one in Phuduhudu and none in Sexaxa.

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  • cheerful
    November 16, 2012, 7:55 pm

    “He even wondered whether these disadvantaged group qualified to be built houses under the Presidential housing scheme since the North West District Council recognizes it as an extension area for Maun.

    Is this the area where the 104 year old Granny was left homeless ?

    Sure the Granny aged 104 who was left homeless – pray to God and think of her everyday and hope she is still alive. – She definitely qualifies- there is no mention of the criteria to qualify for the housing scheme – but the 104 year old with NO DOUBT QUALIFIES BECAUSE OF HER AGE- SHE IS VUNERABLE – HAS ANYONE HEARD OR SEEN or HEARD ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HER???. The story just fizzled out

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  • cheerful
    November 17, 2012, 4:34 pm

    These people would stay under trees until they die,” Ramsden pointed out.

    Thumbs Up to the person who is speaking up for those who lost their homes in this SHAMBOLIC exercise- someone needs be held accountable for this. – no finger pointing!

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  • cheerful
    November 17, 2012, 4:41 pm

    “Ramsden further stated that it was close to impossible for these people to leave a dignified life, which President Khama is advocating for in one of his key “Ds.”

    very interesting- perhaps the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing!

    What has happened to the 104 year old Granny that lost her home in this shambolic exercise. Voice Keep us posted on this article

    “His contention was that by demolishing the Sexaxa Squatters the already poor community was left helpless and worse off.” – is this going to fall on deaf ears????

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  • cheerful
    November 17, 2012, 4:47 pm

    My plea is to the reporter who wrote this article PLEASE FIND OUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE 104 YEAR GRANNY who WAS LEFT HOMELESS – I do recall reading that when they came to serve the papers on her – she was unwell PLEASE FIND HER

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  • cheerful
    November 17, 2012, 4:54 pm

    The Festive season is just round the corner – If you are an individual or a company and can pledge anything to assist the Sexaxa Squatters please pick up the phone or visit the Voice or maybe they can also signpost you to the Local MP – remember they do not have a roof over their head – it will be most appreciated. Remember you are assiting those who are less fortunate than yourself.

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