The establishment of the protectorate (part 4) – “Warren at Molepolole”

In our last instalment on the 1884 imposition of British authority, we noted that by May 1886 a Land Commission chaired by Rhodes’ close associate Sidney Shippard, had robbed the Batswana living south of the Molopo of 92% of their land.

Shippard, who became known to Batswana as “Morena Maaka” (“Lord of Lies”), was then appointed as Bechuanaland’s Administrator.

The Colonial Office foreclosed the possibility of a linkup between German South-West Africa and the Transvaal Boers in an Order-in-Council dated 27th of January 1885, which extended the Bechuanaland Protectorate north of the Molopo to include the southern Botswana up to the 22nd parallel of south latitude.

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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