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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

The "Disputed Territory."

The "Disputed Territory."

Reference is frequently made to what is known as the "disputed territory," a tract lying between the Shashi and Macloutsie rivers, which was claimed by Khama and Lo Bengula. In March 1888 Khama issued a notice on the subject as follows:— page 65

I, Khama, Chief of the Bamangwato tribe, at Shoshong, do hereby give notice that the tract of country between the Shashi and Macloutsie rivers is debateable land and the subject of negotiation between Lo Bengula, Chief of the Matabele, and myself, and that I protest against the action of all persons prospecting or commencing mining operations in that district, and will not hold myself responsible for any loss which may result from premature outlay, which it may be necessary eventually to disallow.