Self exiled Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela II of the Bakgatla baga Kgafela has this week filed a notice of motion as an urgent application in South Africa requesting for an order declaring the Premier to implement the findings and recommendations of the Baloyi Commission.
The Commission was established by former Premier, Supra Mahumapelo in 2016 to probe the succession dispute of Bakgatla Ba Kgafela in Moruleng. The assignment is now in the hands of new North West Premier Tebogo Mokgoro, who was appointed to the position in June 2018. The Commission report essentially vindicated Kgosi Kgafela as the rightful ruler and BaKgatla’s grievances over former Chief’s Representative Nyalala Molefe Pilane’s handling of BaKgatla’s assets and traditional affairs.
It came after Pilane questioned Kgafela II’s legitimacy as a ruler in the traditional succession dispute and claims in respect of Bakgatla Baga Kgafela in Moruleng, South Africa. According to the Commission, the correct relationship between Kgosikgolo Kgafela Kgafela and Kgosi in Saulspoort is as prescribed by custom and tradition and report confirmed Kgafela as the senior leader of Kgosi Pilane.
In the papers filed on Monday, Kgafela wants the court to declare the application to be attended to as a matter of urgency and direct the current Premier of North West and organs of State cited “to give urgent effect to the Baloyi Judicial Commission report (under question).” He added that the court should also order consultations with the applicants on issues concerning the implementation of the findings and recommendations of the Baloyi Commission report on a quarterly basis and submit progress reports to this Honourable court and applicants. Among his array of demands, he urges court to order the Premier to comply and implement the order of mandamus of the court order.
Kgafela also demands court to “direct that the Premier should act in terms of section 9(3) and 10(2) of Act 2 of 2005 to urgently appoint an administrator to take over the affairs of the Traditional Council.” In addition to that he wants the Judge to also direct the Premier to appoint forensic investigators to, inter alia, conduct a comprehensive investigation in to the flow of funds from transaction with third parties, including transactions conducted by Bakgatla baga Kgafela entities and flow of any finances in and out of the entities, and further conduct forensic investigation in terms of the Commission’s findings and recommendations.
“Also want court to direct the Premier to withdraw Molefe John Pilane’s letter of designation as Kgosi and publish the notice of withdrawal in the Gazette, inform the Royal family concerned, the Kgosi concerned and the Provincial House of traditional leaders of such removal,” he continued. Moreover he says Mpule David Pheto should be recognized as an acting Kgosi of Bakgatla baga Kgafela in terms of section 16 (2) of Act 2 of 2005 and accordingly; issue Mpule David Pheto with a certificate of recognition as acting Kgosi and issue a notice in the provincial Gazette of the North West Province recognizing him as such and serve such notice at the provincial House of traditional leaders.
The array of demands by Kgafela follows the Commission of Inquiry which has ruled that Kgosikgolo does not become involved in the administration of the community but gets involved only at the request and invitation of the community, the royal family or Kgosi. It has also stated that “the Premier must exercise his powers in terms of sec 9(3) of the North West Act to -instruct Kgosi Pilane to resign from all positions that he holds in Bakgatla baga Kgafela and associate entities within 30 calendar days of the instruction from the Premier, or such other longer time as the Premier may consider but not exceeding 60 calendar days.”
The Commission had also Instructed Kagiso Pilane to resign from all positions that he holds in Bakgatla baga Kgafela and associate entities within 30 calendar days of the instruction from the Premier, or such other longer time as the Premier may consider but not exceeding 60 calendar days. Moreover report further posits: “instruct members of the Traditional Council (TC) to convene a meeting of the community for the purpose of appointing persons that will represent the community in Bakgatla baga Kgafela and associate companies, such persons are not to include Kgosi Pilane.”
The Commission stressed that the Traditional Council should also be required to report its choice to the Premier within 60 days of the instruction. Meanwhile as per the Commission of Inquiry, Pilane has failed to report back to the Bakgatla community, and has deposited money in numerous unauthorised accounts and refused to make these accounts public so they can be audited.
Despite calls by the Bakgatla for intervention, the North West government has until now stood by and watched as the community has been stripped of their assets, it points out. It concluded: “It is time for the North West government to uphold the commission’s recommendations to prevent such large-scale abuse of power from happening again.”
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.