The Establishment Of The Protectorate (Part 9) � �The Bramstone Memorandum�

In our last episode we left off at the February 1889 Kopong Conference, where the southern dikgosi, led by Bathoen I, Linchwe I, and Sebele I but also including Gaborone I of Batlokwa, Ikaneng I of Balete and Baitirile I of the Bakgatla baga Mmanaana, joined together to oppose the increasing British presence in their territories. Khama III, however, broke ranks and promised “to help the English government in every way”.

Disappointed by the “defiant attitude” of the majority, the British Administrator, Shippard, broke up the conference. In his report he noted:

“Khama who is thoroughly loyal and sincerely attached to the English appears to be completely isolated. He is left out of all the private meetings of the Protectorate Chiefs and seems to be regarded by them with suspicion and dislike as the white man’s friend.”

Editor's Comment
Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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