Batawana regent, Kgosi Kealetile Moremi has entered the Moremi Game Reserve fray on the side of her brother, Maun West MP, Tawana Moremi. Brother and sister have penned a letter to the Tawana Land Board (TLB), asking it to tally up revenue that has been collected at the game reserve since 1979 and surrender it to the Fauna Conservation Society.
The latter, which was traditionally incorporated in 1962, is the body through which the game reserve, which was established in 1963, was managed. The year 1979 was when, upon the instruction of then president, Sir Seretse Khama, the government took over the running of the game reserve. Elsewhere Tawana has contended that when this happened, the Batawana tribe were agreeing to the transfer of management and administration and not to transfer of ownership.
“We know that Tawana Land Board has been awarding leases for sites in the Moremi Game Reserve. There has never been any request for consent for such grants from the owner of the Game Reserve,” reads the letter by the Batawana royals. On the basis of the foregoing, they are asking the TLB to provide “a detailed account of such leasing, to whom, for what consideration, over how long. Further to that, you are requested to compute revenues of such leasing with a view to remit to the account of Fauna Conservation Society.” Former attorney general and now minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Phandu Skelemani, has said some things in the past that Tawana and Kealetile hope will bolster their case.
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