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
Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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