The establishment of the protectorate (Part 12) – “The lion and the crocodile”

We last left off with the Bechuanaland Protectorate’s Resident Commissioner Sidney Shippard, otherwise known to Batswana as “Morena Maaka,” frustrated in his repeated schemes to insight military action against the southern dikgosi, more especially Linchwe I of Bakgatla and Sebele I of Bakwena.

In each case calmer heads both on the ground and in London had thwarted his efforts to create a conflict in Bechuanaland similar to what his Rhodes-ian colleagues achieved against the Amandebele in Zimbabwe.

If with historical hindsight Shippard’s actions and the motives behind them seem clear enough, the at times vacillating role of his immediate superior, Her Majesty’s High Commissioner for South Africa Sir Henry Loch, is a bit more ambiguous.

Editor's Comment
Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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