Tribal foes smoke peace pipe at Moapare’s installation

HUKUNTSI: Rival camps that lobbied against each other for the chieftaincy of Hukuntsi have laid down their spears and pledged support for Kgosi Cosmas Moapare IV who was installed on Saturday.

Ahead of Moapare’s installation, a group opposed to his nomination had been lobbying for a rival candidate. While the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development appointed Moapare on May 5, the embers of the dispute burned ahead of the weekend installation.

Amidst much pomp and ceremony, tribal elder, Amos Moncho showered Moapare with praises, backtracking from his previous support for Molaodi Leipego. Leipego is presently the acting Hukuntsi chief and will pave way for Moapare when the latter leaves his current employment. “You are the rightful heir to this throne and let us not forget the fact that you are also part of the royal bloodline to the hierarchy,” Moncho said. “From now on, I will respect you more and serve you as your loyal subject.” Moncho, who is also a former Kgalagadi Land Board member, had been regarded by many in Hukuntsi as an influential figure in Leipego’s challenge for the throne. Moncho told the gathering that he had decided to “refresh his Christian beliefs”, and that he was prepared to serve his kgosi diligently and honestly.

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