The Establishment Of The Protectorate (Part 25) – ‘Brethren, Love One Another’

We concluded last week by noting that the departure of the British Colonial Secretary Chamberlain, on a prolonged Spanish holiday immediately after his 11th of September 1985 meeting with Bathoen, Khama and Sebele, provided the dikgosi with an opportunity to take their case directly to the British public.

While Sebele proved to be effective in his role as the designated lead speaker, Khama nonetheless continued to attract the greatest public attention. The Phuti’s profile was further enhanced during the visit by the popular periodical Daily Graphic’s decision to publish a series of extracts from Hepburn’s “Twenty Years in Khama’s Country”.

For much of the trip, Bathoen had to content himself with being in the position of third among equals. A notable exception to this status occurred when the Oceana Corporation (who were shareholders in the “Kanya [sic] Concession”) invited London’s finest to a lavish banquet in Bathoen’s honour on the evening of Friday the 20th of September 1895.

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Shame on the Police!

According to a press statement from the police, unidentified armed men attacked on duty police officers at the station in the early hours of Tuesday.During the attack, the suspects stole 14 riffles, five pistols and an undisclosed number of ammunition.Although unconfirmed, it is alleged that the suspects were just carrying knives and axes, which they used to scare the men and women in uniform before they took them hostage to help themselves to...

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