Bakgatla bag a Kgafela paramount chief, Kgosikgolo Kgafela has been interdicted by the Mafikeng High Court from going ahead with his planned installation of Mpule Pheto to rule Bakgatla in Moruleng.
Kgafela is fighting tooth and nail to bring to an end the reign of his nemesis, Kgosi Nyalala Pilane. After the successful interdiction of Kgafela’s planned coronation of Mpule Pheto as the ruler of Bakgatla in Moruleng, Kgafela must make a compelling case before the Commission established to bring an end to the conflict at Moruleng.
The urgent court application to interdict Kgafela comes at the heat of an ongoing commission in Rustenburg, South Africa where both camps are making submissions in who should be the chief in Moruleng. Multitudes of Bakgatla from both South Africa and Botswana thronged Rustenburg civic centre to offer support to their camps.
Kgafela’s submissions on between the 20th and 21st of September were backed by traditions of Bakgatla which recognise him as the paramount chief of all Bakgatla Ba a Kgafela.
Nyalala Pilane’s camp which has lobbied for support from the young population mostly is of the view that the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa should send Kgosi Kgafela II back to Botswana before he disturbs the peace at Moruleng. They believe that Kgafela has trampled on the South African constitution and what he intends to do is unconstitutional. Their view is that the South African constitution does not recognise him.
On the other hand Kgafela’s supporters, mostly senior citizens are concerned that the Bakgatla culture is being thrown to the dogs. They posit that Kgafela was born a chief and he has control over Bakgatla in Moruleng and Botswana. Elders are also concerned by reports of misuse of the morafe’s assets and finances. Kgafela has argued that he wants to install a new ruler who will bring accountability to the Bakgatla bag a Kgafela in Moruleng when it comes to their mining assests and finances.
Kgosi Kgafela II is supported in his bid to take control in Moruleng by Advocate Sidney Pilane and other Bakgatla legal brains. Sources in Moruleng indicate that the matter is likely to reach the constitutional court because no camp wants to lose out.
Before the commission hearing and the court interdiction, Bakgatla royal council in Moruleng had vowed to end Kgafela Kgafela’s scheduled installation of an acting kgosi in that town this month. In a statement, the royal council, led by the three royal families in Moruleng, said Kgafela’s Moruleng kgotla meetings, usually attended by residents of Mochudi bussed to a village called Lesetlheng, “are causing instability with the potential to flare up serious conflicts and violence in the area. This untenable behaviour can neither be tolerated nor allowed to continue.”
DECISIONS AGAINST KGAFELA THAT GIVE NYALALA CONFIDENCE
·Kgafela has attempted on several occasions to litigate against Kgosi Nyalala Pilane and morafe and has also unilaterally committed morafe to cover some of his legal costs.
·Kgafela had lost several court cases against Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, morafe and the Premier of North West. In one of the cases he had applied to court to allow him to nominate 60% membership of the Traditional Council. The application was dismissed with costs.
·He also applied for withdrawal of Kgosi Nyalala Pilane’s Certificate of Recognition as Kgosi of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela and recognition of Rampho Pheto as Acting Kgosi. He withdrew the application. Cost order awarded in favour of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela.
·Application for an interdict against Mafereka & North West Premier to stop North West from proceeding with the enquiry into the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Chieftaincy dismissed with cost order against him.
·He also applied to compel attorney, Mothuloe and Kgosi Nyalala to account for public funds. Application was dismissed.
·He also approached the North Gauteng High Court demanding payment of R5m towards costs for professional legal services rendered to him to be paid by the traditional community. Application was dismissed with costs.
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.