Kgosikgolo Kgafela II of Bakgatla’s battle to have his way in Moruleng and appoint his preferred chief is proving to be a tough one, and he now intends to engage the African National Congress (ANC) big shots who are also thought to be involved in the chieftainship war.
Kgafela’s supporters are of the suspicion that those undermining his authority want to see off Nyalala Pilane quietly and then put in someone who is still aligned to him. Kgosi Kgafela played a big hand in ensuring that Nyalala Pilane is removed from the position of chief, he also accused him of maladministration among other things.
Weekend Post has gathered that Kgafela intends to schedule a meeting with the ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe and Finance Minister, Pravin Gordan, who has been dealing with the matter as Minister.
The battle between Kgafela and Nyalala was punctuated two weeks ago when North West Premier in South Africa, Supra Mahupela signed a significant report declaring that the reign of Kgosi Nyalala Pilane be nullified immediately – effectively de-recognising him.
Reports indicate that Kgosi Kgafela wants to install his cousin, Advocate Rampho Pheto as Chief in Moruleng assisted by Ramono Linchwe this September 24th. However Pheto must first be recognised by the Premier and then Kgafela will elect a Traditional Council in charge of the wealth and administration of the tribe. But all this has crumbled under Kgafela’s watch because the factions that is against him hinges on the fact that he has been de-recognised in Botswana hence there is no way that he can install or appoint a chief in Moruleng. The Commission report also plays down the role of Kgafela.
Kgafela’s lawyers are convinced that he has reasonable grounds based on extracts of minutes of a meeting of Bakgatla Ba ga Kgafela tribe resident in South Africa held at Saulpoort on Sunday 24th April 1994. At the meeting it was declared that Chief Linchwe II Kgafela is the paramount chief of the tribe, and notwithstanding his residence in Botswana, is entitled to rule the tribe directly and/ or through an appointee of his choice, subject only to such appointee being of the royal family, in whatever degree removed from the paramount chieftaincy.
The Saulpoort meeting is the same meeting that appointed Nyalala Molefe Pilane as chief in 1994. At the meeting it was agreed that “ascent and succession to the paramount chieftainship of the tribe, which paramount chieftainship has its seat in Mochudi, Botswana and is currently occupied by Kgosi Linchwe II Kgafela, is hereditary in terms that succession to the throne is a birth right of the eldest living son of the paramount chief by his most senior wife, and so following.”
Kgosi Kgafela II succeeded his father but things are complicated for him because he has been de-recognised in Botswana. But sources indicate that he may choose to allow whoever is acting on his behalf in Botswana to take over the responsibility of appointing the Moruleng Chief. Kgafela II is said to be determined to go all the way to fight the findings of the commission.
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.