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SIELE ADDRESSES DIKGOSI
17/06/13
Members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi attended a day workshop in Gaborone on the 10th of June 2013. Also in attendance was The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. P. Siele, P.S Khumomatlhare and His Deputy S.M. Keaja and officials from Tribal Administration. This workshop was held to discuss and make resolutions on issues relating to destruction of crops by livestock.

Members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi attended a day workshop in Gaborone on the 10th of June 2013. Also in attendance was The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. P. Siele, P.S Khumomatlhare and His Deputy S.M. Keaja and officials from Tribal Administration. This workshop was held to discuss and make resolutions on issues relating to destruction of crops by livestock.

During his keynote address, Hon. Siele availed that, "the public outcry on the destruction of crops by livestock is a recurring discussion at parliament." Adding that members of the public have also complained about this issue and some have even approached his office on this issue.  

When voicing their concerns, members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi complained of livestock farmers who do not take care of their livestock and crop farmers who are always absent from their fields. Furthermore, they complained that they only act as intermediaries to resolve the conflict between the owners of crops and livestock, instead of them using their own discretion to resolve such issues. They also wanted the Customary Courts Act that is used to resolve such issues to not be biased but be fair enough on both parties involved in such matters.

In conclusion, Hon Siele urged Dikgosi to handle such issues with caution and seriousness, adding that, "failure to resolve the issues at this stage, may have the potential to cause disputes and civil strife between crop farmers and animal farmers."

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