Bakgatla Bagammanaana (Part 8)

In our last episode it, was observed that after he had moved his people back to Moshupa from Kgabodukwe, the Bakgatla bagaMmanaana Kgosi Pilane attempted to adopt a non-aligned stance in the continued conflict between the Bakwena and Bakgatla bagaKgafela.

But his neutrality was soon compromised by the growing cooperation between the Bakwena Crown Prince Sebele I and his Bangwaketse counterpart Bathoen I.

Following the remarriage of Gagoangwe to Bathoen, the Bakwena agreed to give up their claims to Moshupa. This jurisdictional shift resulted in the BagaMmanaana being pressured to join the Bangwaketse in their disastrous November 1881 attack on the Balete at Ramotswa. Relations between the Bangwaketse and BagaMmanaana remained cooperative in the year that followed.

Editor's Comment
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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