Khama invites Tawana to Gcwihaba caves

SHARE   |   Monday, 29 January 2018   |   By Solomon Tjinyeka
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President Ian Khama has invited the Member of Parliament for Maun West Kgosi Tawana Moremi to Gcwihaba caves. He extended the invitation when bidding farewell to Batawana on Thursday at the main kgotla in Maun. At the meeting, Moremi revealed that he had always had the desire to visit the Gcwihaba caves but he could not visit because of his work. He, however, added that since he is retiring from politics and coincidentally Khama is retiring from Presidency they will have ample time to visit the caves.  Tawana also stated that he has been preparing for the caves as he is currently studying Anthropology. “If you want to lean more I will teach you,” Moremi told Khama. Moremi also indicated that there are some Batawana who want Khama to handover Gcwihaba caves which are alleged to have taken from them, adding that Batawana senior chief representative, Charles Letsholathebe wanted Khama to handover the keys to him before he retires.
Meanwhile, Moremi thanked Khama for being instrumental in the development of Gcwihaba caves, adding that alone it has contributed to the tourism development among those communities. For his part, Khama clarified controversy surrounding the Gcwihaba caves keys saga, admitting that one of the caves has been locked because it is contains dangerous snakes therefore it is dangerous for the community to enter. He added that the cave is not easily accessible as one needs to crawl with their stomach and this requires special expertise. He also denied that he is in possession of the key, saying those saying he is refusing with the keys want to tarnish his name. Over the years, steps taken by government included protecting Gcwihaba as a national monument in 2006, therefore protected by the Monuments and Relics Act of 2001; Gcwihaba Management Plan in 2002 and establishment of an out-station at Gcwihaba in 2005 currently staffed by seven people.
President Ian Khama was showered with presents such as P39,339,00 cash, 30 cattle, 20 goats, three sheep , and  16 chickens and one donkey among others.