The night that former president of Botswana, Ian Khama, escaped under the cover of darkness into neighboring South Africa, marked a loss of innocence in Botswana’s usually stable, harmless politics. Tensions between Khama and his handpicked successor, current president Mokgweetsi Masisi, has spilled out into the open. It threatens to inflame tribal malaise and destabilize a country once known for its sparkling diamonds and thriving economy.
A group of farmers whose land was taken by Debswana Trading Company to make way for a game reserve hoped to get Water Rights or an equivalence of what was taken away from them as compensation, only to be offered P180 000 of the P5.5 million set aside by Botswana Government as reparation.
• Farmers who had boreholes will not get any Water Rights compensation but P180k as compensation
• Minister Moagi says the compensation was adequate
Fresh photographic evidence by this publication reveals that miners and villagers are not safe from the dangers associated with exposure to the asbestos mineral, which is currently banned since it causes lung diseases.