All Dikgosi across the country are united and will fight to the bitter end with Government to see Bogosi Act, especially section 13 &15 scrapped off as it gives politicians more powers while leaving them (Dikgosi) as mere subjects.
The traditional leaders’ concern come at a time when they believe they are made redundant by politicians. According to Dikgosi, who were initially the political leaders they should be above politicians or at the same level hence they demand that a Minister should not have powers to de-recognize them, let alone be under the supervision of a minister-politician.
Section 13 of Bogosi Act read as thus; “If the Minister has reasonable cause to believe that the Kgosi of any tribe; or any tribe or section of a tribe lodges with the Minister a complaint that the Kgosi of that tribe, is incapable of exercising his or her powers, has abused his or her powers, is being insubordinate or is refusing or has refused to carry out lawful orders, or is for any reason not a fit and proper person to be a Kgosi, the Minister shall make such enquiry or cause such enquiry to be made as he or she may consider appropriate and shall afford the Kgosi an opportunity to be heard.
Section 15 which is focused on withdrawal of recognition from Kgosi read as: If after the holding of an enquiry, the allegations made against the Kgosi are proved, the Minister may caution or reprimand the Kgosi; order the stoppage of increment of the salary of the Kgosi; suspend the Kgosi; if he or she considers it to be expedient and in the interest of peace, good order and good governance, depose such Kgosi or extend the suspension for a period not exceeding two years.
All these are rubbing Dikgosi the wrong way and want erased from the act. Kgosi Kebinatshwene Mosielele of Manyana has come out loud that those sections should be removed. “We have always maintained our stance that it should be removed. As a Kgosi you are born leader so there is no how someone, a politician can have powers to de-recognise you. We will continue to raise that concern until something happens,” he said in a brief interview from hospital bed. The last Kgosi to be de-recognised was Kgosi Kgafela of Bakgatla in 2011.
It seems Dikgosi are still hurt on how Minister Chapson Butale brutally suspended Kgosi Seepapitso of Bangwaketse in the past and don’t want that to happen again. “It is better Kgosi reprimands the other than someone else reprimanding it. Remember what Minister Butale did to Kgosi Seepapitso when he suspended him from Bogosi, we don’t want that,” Kgosi Maforaga of Palapye told this paper in the past.
The reasons for Kgosi Seepapitso’s suspension as given by the Minister and reflected in court judgments, were that the proposed visit of His Excellency President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia at Kanye on 13th April 1994, had to be cancelled in the face of lack of coordinated preparation for the visit owing to his non-co-operation and in the light of uncertainty as to his whereabouts on that day.
â€¨The other reason given was that a kgotla meeting which the Minister was to address to explain this cancellation to the BaNgwaketse did not take place due to Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s non-cooperation. The Minister also gave Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s past behaviour as a reason for his suspension without being specific.â€¨â€¨After suspending Kgosi Seepapitso, the Minister installed Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s son, the then apparent heir, the late Leema Gaseitsiwe, on an acting capacity. He also withheld fifty percent of Kgosi Seepapitso IV’s salary as Chief.
Not only this but Dikgosi don’t want to be under Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and want to have their own structure led by one of them. “We are confused as to whether we fall under Presidential Affairs Ministry, Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture Development as well as Defence, Justice and Security, so all these should come under one roof. We are the only institution with an act but no Ministry,” Kgosi Matlapeng from Tlokweng has also told this publication.
Despite raising all these, the government is still quiet as to whether the Bogosi Act would be amended and whether they will have their own ministry as they have proposed. This publication’s enquiry sent to the Ministry last week, was not yet responded to at a time of going to press. Those in the know however share with WeekendPost that the government is considering the demands but will not commit anytime soon. Among other demands Dikgosi want, is to have their conditions of service be improved and be put on the same scale as that of High Court Judges.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary General, Mpho Balopi, has said the persistent criticism on President Mokgweetsi Masisi regarding his business deals is unfair and sometimes misinformed as this has always been a norm with his predecessors.
Balopi who is also a Gaborone North legislator drew most of the comparisons to erstwhile leaders, Sir Ketumile Masire and Dr Festus Mogae. Balopi’s remarks are intended to douse the raging inferno from critics especially missiles from the opposition party members who are continuously critiquing Masisi’s business deals.
Cabinet and Parliament Finance and Estimates Committee have once again clashed over the proposed P3 billion supplementary budget requested by various ministries, just six months after the beginning of the financial year.
The Committee’s mandate among others is to suggest alternative procedures in order to bring about efficiency and economy in administration. The consolidated supplementary budget reach P2.74 billion and was presented by Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED) technocrats to the Committee earlier this month.
The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) is said to be embarking on a vigorous restructuring in an attempt to rid of the many factions within the intelligence unit.
Ever since the arrival of Brigadier Peter Magosi as the Director General of the DIS, the intelligence unit has been beleaguered by factions between those loyal to Magosi and those loyal to his successor, Col Isaac Kgosi and previous administrations.