Deputy Regent of Bangwato, Serogola Seretse has accused the Government of Botswana for promoting tribalism. He said recently Government officials, especially those sent on reconciliatory missions in the Bogosi disputes across the country appear to have a script that is inclined towards pushing an agenda of “stand alone tribes”. “They are spreading the rhetoric that by so doing the chieftainship disputes will come to a halt,” he observed.
Seretse expressed this concern during the Independence Day celebrations in Serowe at Gammangwato main Kgotla on Monday. He noted that there is a growing narrative by Government officials of deliberately pushing to separate tribes that have coexisted since pre-Independence. According to the Bangwato Deputy Regent this has the potential to create tribal tensions because certain tribes are being told and made to feel like they have been undermined and are being denied equal status.
He revealed that before Independence Kgosi Khama welcomed all tribes and protected them under his territory during the hostile wars. He added that Khama, “was very welcoming, a strong man with strong regiment who did not to discriminate anybody regardless of his race. It is ironic that the current administration wants to separate this nation going against Kgosi Khama’s principle of uniting it.”
Serogola Seretse said if government could go ahead and amend the constitution for each tribe to stand on its own and goes the grapevine and media reports, “it will be promoting tribalism in Botswana.” He criticised the current administration for influencing the “emphasis on tribes” and “creating tensions among them”. He said they have observed a deliberately coiled narrative to influence “subject tribes” to “revolt against those who sheltered them during the difficult times”.
Seretse said during the era of the colonial government it was agreed that Tribal territories be defined and fixed under the Tribal Territories Act and the Tribal Land Act where territories where home to various other tribes whose languages and culture were practiced freely. “The current administration should stop influencing the tribalism and the push to divide people along tribal lines because this will cause confusion to this nation and destroy the peace that has been prevailing for 53 years,” observed Serogola Seretse.
Meanwhile when reading President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi’s Independence message, District Commissioner, Rapetse Mathumo noted that the message encouraged the nation to celebrate the fact that the country has stepped forward when it comes to improving the lives of the citizens. “The country will continue to address challenges of unemployment among the youth, poverty, diseases and climate change and that the country must diversify economy to knowledge based one,” said Mathumo.
The 2019 Independence Day celebrations coincided with an election year as the country prepares to go the polls on the 23rd of October. The President’s message encouraged, “All women and men to make use of the opportunity to vote for political representatives of their choice to represent them at council and parliament; and also vote for political parties of their choice.”
The President’s message further encouraged those who have registered for general elections to exercise their rights to vote on the 23rd of October and further use the three days paid holiday responsibly. The holiday is meant to give those registered to vote a chance to travel to their voting stations. It stated that political representatives who will be voted must work hard in order to diversify the economy as Botswana pushes for a knowledge based economy.
Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.
According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.
“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.
The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.
Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.
“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’
They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.
In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.
Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.
UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.
The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.