Tswapong villagers fight over name

A group of villagers from Tswapong put on a spirited fight at the Lobatse High Court yesterday to stop the elections scheduled today to determine the name of the village of Matolwane/Lesenepole once and for all by the ballot.

Minister of Local Government Slumber Tsogwane recently went to the village 70km east of Palapye to inform them that the elections for the name of the village will be held on Monday, today to end the name dispute that has dragged on since the inception of the village in 1956. However yesterday a group of villagers opposed to the holding of elections for the naming of the village, engaged a highly powerful legal team made up of the likes of Sidney Pilane, Joseph Akoonyatse, determined to kill the elections idea on the basis that the Court order that yielded the process some few years ago, did not state how the villagers would vote.

The villagers argued that such a sensitive matter could not be concluded without election rules, voters’ roll, and proper voter education. The last minute ditch could only manage to postpone the elections for the village’s name by five days, as the Court ordered that the elections be postponed to Saturday, while today, Monday, will strictly be dedicated to registering the villagers for the elections.

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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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