Member of Parliament for Serowe South and Head of the Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has rubbished calls for a land audit in the north east district. Opposition politicians have been calling for a land audit to address shortage of land and establish if Tati Company, which owns huge chunks of land in the district, obtained the land legitimately.
Speaking during the launch of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) candidate for Francistown Ignatius Moswaane over the weekend, Venson – Moitoi said there is no reason for a land audit as Tati Company obtained the land legally during the colonial government.
“There is no way government can confiscate land that was lawfully obtained,” she said.
She accused opposition politicians of breeding conflicts and causing tension by blowing issues out of proportion. She urged Batswana to ignore calls by some opposition politicians for the land to be forcefully taken from Tati Company, saying such a move would drive the country into war and instability.
Venson- Moitoi said land issues have potential to tear the country apart as some countries are embroiled in wars because of conflicts caused by land.
“To address shortage of land, government has decided to buy back the land from its legitimate owners. We will continue doing so and redistributing the land to Batswana. For example government bought Gerald Estates, which was initially a ranch, to address shortage of land in Francistown,” she said.
Venson-Moitoi also said Botswana Congress Party (BCP)’s idea of advocating for introduction of mother tongue languages in schools was almost impossible to implement as it would force government to employ teachers in their areas of origin so they can to teach their own languages.
She said government doesn’t hire teachers on the basis of where they come from.
“We have introduced teacher aides to assist teachers where students do not understand English or Setswana,” she said.
She pleaded with Francistown West constituents to vote for Moswaane as he has proven to be a capable politician during his tenure as councilor and Mayor of Francistown.
For his part, Moswaane said if he is voted into parliament he will advocate for more developments in the constituency. He said he will fight tirelessly for citizen empowerment to ensure that more government tenders are awarded to citizens.