Mmegi Online :: Khama counters Bakgatla threats
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Friday 15 December 2017, 17:56 pm.
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Khama counters Bakgatla threats

President Ian Khama’s administration has moved swiftly to avert Bakgatla’s threat to disturb the 50th anniversary independence roving torch (molelo wa kgolagano) if the Presidential Taskforce on Bakgatla Bogosi does not give the morafe feedback.
By Tefo Pheage Fri 22 Apr 2016, 10:44 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Khama counters Bakgatla threats








Khama appointed the taskforce on Bakgatla chiefainship led by Kgosi Malope II of Bangwaketse in September 2014. The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane, told Parliament recently that the taskforce met Kgosi Kgafela II of Bakgatla, Bakgatla and other interested groups to get their views on how the impasse between government and Bakgatla could be resolved.

Mmegi has gathered that Bakgatla mephato (regiments) had been mobilising to hit the government where it matters most if it did not present the report to the morafe. The plan was to bring into disrepute, the respected occasion of molelo wa kgolagano expected to go around the country until September this year. The roving torch is due in Mochudi on July 18.

It is understood that the ploy led by Mangana regiment was strategised under the slogan ‘Bakgatla Deserve Better.’ A strategy meeting was apparently held in Mochudi where police officers and DIS operatives picked up the master plan and conveyed it to Bakgatla Tribal Administration representative, Kgosi Segale Linchwe.

Linchwe confirmed the news to Mmegi in a brief interview. “I do not know about the plan but I received a warning message from some members of the police about the looming plan,” he said. “I have now learnt that the issue is gaining momentum on the ground.”

Linchwe said however that Tsogwane informed his office that he would be

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in Mochudi on April 26 to deliver the said report. Sources say the presidency acted swiftly to counter the said crew’s ploy.

Mochudi police station commander, Simon Sitale, said he was not aware of the threats but promised to summon his officers to inform himself.

Kgosi Malope, who chaired the taskforce, told Mmegi that he was not aware of the trip to Kgatleng to discuss Bogosi issue.

“I know nothing about the trip to Kgatleng. I just heard through the media and I do not want to field any further questions regarding the issue, better ask them,” he said further revealing that his taskforce has long delivered the report to the government.

It is not clear whether the much-anticipated report would be of any significant use to Bakgatla as the main character, Kgosi Kgafela, is still in South Africa fighting for his rights. He asserts that he leads Bakgatla who live in both Botswana and South Africa. The North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo has commissioned the North West Provincial Committee to look into the dispute. Mahumapelo recently trashed a commission’s findings and recommendations, which ruled against Nyalala Pilane and Kgafela as the senior traditional leaders of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela in Moruleng.  Mahumapelo said the report was biased against Kgafela.

The premier points to the fact that history of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela fell under the Paramount Chief in Botswana.

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