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Vol 39 No 25

Published 18th December 1998


Botswana

Khama country, again

The ruling duo of Mogae and Khama is consolidating ahead of next year's elections

When President Festus Mogae took office in April on Sir Quett Ketumile Masire's resignation, he proclaimed his government's commitment to human rights. Yet this seems to bypass the San, the small Bushman community which has maintained a hunter-gatherer lifestyle for millennia in what is now the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). This community is now being compulsorily relocated to new settlements, mainly New Xade in the OKwa area, west of CKGR. Resettlement was first mooted in the mid 1980s, on the grounds that existing San villages could not become economically viable and that the San's presence would hamper wildlife conservation and rourism development.

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