Land Issues Sensitive

| April 7, 2015

Issues of land should be dealt with caution as they have the potential to stir conflicts.

The chairperson of Malete Land Board, Mr Roy Letsatsi, made the remarks during a recent stakeholders workshop at Lion Park Resort.

He said history was full of stories on how nations fought each other over land issues and how siblings had fought each other over land matters. Hence, he said land issues needed to be treated with care as they could destabilise communities and the nation at large.

Furthermore, he said contrary to popular perceptions that they disregard community interests, land boards worked for the interests of the communities and the nation at large.

Mr Letsatsi told stakeholders that Land Board work in consultation with communities and added that it was unfortunate that there were times when Land Board clash with stakeholders such as councils and chiefs.

He said land boards only implemented laws made by parliament and he said parliament was the only authority to change laws. On other issues, Mr Letsatsi encouraged stakeholders to abide by the Urban and Country Planning Act, which stipulate that house plans must be approved by the land boards.

However, he regretted that there are many instances where people do not seek the approval of their house plans which is contrary to the Act.

Another speaker, Malete Land Board Surveyor Mr Emmanuel Phokoje said the Improvement of Land Administration, Procedures and Systems (LAPCAS) project was progressing at a snail pace.

He said although they started the project in 2012 in their jurisdiction, only 9481 out of 17958 plots have been registered. Hence, Mr Phokoje encouraged stakeholders to sell the LAPCAS project to the community saying it is of great benefit to the community.

Earlier when presenting on the objectives of the workshop, Land Board Senior Public Relations Officer Mr Richard Lebudi said the one day session was aimed at bridging the gap between the community and the land board.

“We want to inform and involve stakeholders about our plans and operations, “Mr Lebudi said.

Further, he said the workshop was also aimed at educating stakeholders on land board processes and procedures as well as to create a harmonious relationship with them.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: General

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