Gov’t, Bagammangwato tensions escalate

Officer Commanding in the Policing District Paul Oketsang deny brutality.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Officer Commanding in the Policing District Paul Oketsang deny brutality.PIC.KENNEDY RAMOKONE

As bickering intensifies between Bagammangwato royals and Government continues, a court case or cases could be looming. On one hand Bagammangwato allege they were assaulted and detained without a charge and they will not let it slide. On the other hand, the Police deny any brutality and state that after full investigations, they could take those found to be on the wrong to task.

Some members of Balwela Kgosi (a group made of Bagammangwato tribesmen and women fighting for Ian Khama) who had camped outside the Khama family home in Serowe over the weekend were denied a permit to march to the Kgotla by the Police. Determined to send a statement, they marched on to the Kgotla and were later dispersed by dozen armed police officers who were on standby at the Kgotla. Shortly after they were dispersed by the Police, some of them were arrested and spent days behind bars.

Their leader Ronald Mojakgomo expressing how they suffered at the hands of the Police, narrated the story stating that nine men were arrested alongside a few women who were released earlier. He said the men spent a night in a very cold Police cell without any blankets. He said they were then made to spend the whole day inside a combi in Serowe only to be later released without charges. “After we left the Kgotla, they came at us and dragged some of us. They took this old man walking with crutches and pulled him out of the car. One of the woman who we were with is still seeking medical attention due to Police brutality,” Mojakgomo said as they briefed their colleagues at the Khama residence after they were released from Police custody.

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