Chobe District (2)

This week we continue our historical examination of Chobe District, which over the centuries has served as a crossroads linking the wealth of central and southern Africa across the Chobe and Zambezi rivers.

In our last instalment we had noted that by the 1600s Vekuhane settlement in the middle of Zambezi-Chobe-Linyandi (or Linyanti) region had led to the establishment of Intenge polity under a ruler named Ikuhane who was the son of Intenge, who thus took the title Munitengwe. Ikuhane is said to have been succeeded by Lilundu-Lituu, followed by the female ruler Mwale and Shanjo or Singongi. During this early period, the Vekuhane were both matrilineal and matrilocal in their social organisation.

Some local traditions maintain that during Munitengwe Shanjo's reign the Vekuhane lived for a period together with the Wayeyi and Lilebe's Hambukushu peoples in the Goha or Gcoha Hills. The three communities are reported to have come together to escape the raids of a notable 17th-century Aluya ruler named Mwanambinyi.

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Gov’t, Balete should bury the hatchet

The acrimony that seemingly characterised the relationship between the Malete Land Board on behalf of the Botswana government and Kgosi Mosadi Seboko and the tribe, should now be water under the bridge as the tribe has finally gotten what it has been fighting for - the land.Kgosi Mosadi has articulated an instance upon which she was allegedly summoned to the State House by the Head of State, Mokgweetsi Masisi where the former claimed she was...

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