The newly elected Botswana Congress Party (BCP) General Secretary and MP for Maun East, Goretetse Kekgonegile, has dismissed reports that he recently secured 2,000 hectares of land in the Okavango Delta, calling it a smear campaign.
Reports indicate that Kekgonegile will soon be developing the land into a safari lodge. Reacting to the information, the MP said that the land in question is a tshimo (field) located in Xhoahatshao about 15 kilometers from Gumare village and five kilometers from Tubu village. “It’s not in the Okavango Delta and I don’t have land in the delta,” he said.
He explained that the 1,000 hectare field belonged to his late mother, Balehe Gagosi and was passed on to her as inheritance land by the Gumare Sub Land Board in 2021 after transferring ownership in 2012. political opponents because of the problems in the Bophirima district and the BCP press conference that I gave. The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) was not involved and I have no relationship with the BDP in any form,” Kekgonegile said.
Explaining the history of the land, the BCP leader said it first belonged to his grandfather, Mothibi Kelaotswe and was inherited by his daughter, the MP’s mother, when he died in 1975. Kekgonegile’s mother died in 1992 and he applied for transfer of ownership in 2012 but was awarded the land in 2021. It was subdivided within the family. He said the reports were intended to discredit him and BCP in general.
He didn’t want to reveal who his detractors are because they chose to be faceless. The BCP and the Botswana National Front, partners in the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) coalition, have been clashing for some time. The two parties are fighting over governance issues within the coalition movement. What broke the camel’s back was the BCP’s decision to contest the Bophirima ward by-election in Gaborone Bonnington South constituency against the UDC.