Back 4d Future: The Establishment Of The Protectorate (Part 20) – ‘The Dikgosi Meet Rhodes’

We left off with Dikgosi Bathoen, Khama and Sebele, along with their aides and the Rev. W.C. Willoughby, having finally arrived in Cape Town on August 18, 1895. As with other aspects of the Dikgosi’s mission to Britain, their three day stopover in Cape Town is captured in detail in Neil Parson’s account: “King Khama, Emperor Joe and the Great White Queen.”

On the day of their arrival at the Cape, the three received by telegraph news that the heir to the Barolong booRatshidi throne, Besele, accompanied by Stephen Lefenya, was on his way and expected to catch up with them the next day. Although the pair failed to arrive on the said date the Rev. Willoughby nonetheless booked two extra passages on the steamship RMS Tantallon Castle, which was scheduled to depart for Plymouth, England on  August 21, 1895.

On the 20th the three Dikgosi jointly met with the High Commissioner, Sir Hercules Robinson, who tried to bully them into abandoning their travel plans. He demanded that they inform him of the exact purpose of their visit so that he could inform his superiors in the Colonial Office, while at the same time asserting that any political issues should be settled with him. He further observed, accurately, that the Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain was to go on extended leave and would thus not likely be available to see them.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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