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Press Statement on Court of Appeal Decision involving some r...
31/01/11

The Government of Botswana has noted the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case in which some residents of the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR) succeeded in their claim to use the Mothomelo borehole located in the Reserve at their own expense.   While we do not agree with certain aspects of the basis on which the decision was reached, we recognise that this is a decision of Botswana’s highest court from which there is no appeal.

As such, the Government of Botswana  will, in line with its established policy of respect for the decisions of the Courts and the rule of law, facilitate implementation of  the decision of the Court as reflected in the order. 
We note that the decision has attracted commentary from certain quarters, and that various claims are being made about what the court of appeal actually decided. We would encourage such commentators to study the court’s judgment  to ensure that what is conveyed to the public is accurate. 

The Botswana Government is of the firm view that the CKGR  is a national resource to be used for the benefit of all citizens of Botswana , and that any issues regarding the reserve cannot be resolved by recourse to the Courts.  In that regard, the Botswana Government  shall continue the dialogue which has been ongoing with the residents of the CKGR and other stakeholders, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the matter.

Finally, the Botswana Government wishes to reiterate its commitment to improving the quality of life for all its citizens, as reflected in our well known policies, that have been recognised internationally.

 

 

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