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Installation of Mmadinare Kgosi to open can of worms

Siele previously appointed Kgosi Telekelo for failed mediation efforts

Efforts by former Minister of Local Government and Rural Government (MLGRD) Peter Siele to mediate in the persisting Mmadinare chieftainship dispute hit a blow this week as some members of morafe insist they will deploy any tactic at their disposal to block the coronation of “any illegitimate Kgosi without due process.”

Weekend Post has established that the chieftaincy row at the tiny village has spiraled out of control following what some morafe say are efforts by the MLGRD and tribal leadership authority to impose a preferred individual. Mphoeng Mphoeng has been considered the next chief to be installed on October 1.

The Bogosi conflict in the village exacerbated subsequent to the death of the father of Mphoeng Mphoeng. Mphoeng has now been considered succeeding his father.

However it is understood that the position of Chief of Mmadinare has never been hereditary but instead appointed through an open election contested by all interested parties.

Information reaching this publication also suggests that this is so, because from time immemorial there has not been a tribal authority in the form of a higher chief presiding over all the other main kgotlas forming the village of Mmadinare.

As a result, a group which emerged among the morafe, ‘Itho la Motse’ are so determined that they have already engaged legal brains and still weighing options to institute legal proceedings to block any scheduled “irregular and unlawful” installation. “Any attempts to unlawfully designate Mphoeng Mphoeng or any other person, the Chief of Mmadinare without following the proper procedures will be opposed.”

According to “Itho La Motse’ they want government (MLGRD) to organize an election for purposes of electing the Mmadinare chief as per previous custom known to them. So committed are the tribesmen that they may go the court route.

The group contests that the attempted coronation of Mphoeng is irregular as he has not been elected by the morafe as per previous procedure. They state that “we have a legitimate expectation that in deciding who becomes the next chief of Mmadinare, the tradition of holding an election to allow all who are interested to contest shall be followed.”

In his previous mediation efforts, former Minister Siele made efforts to resolve the dispute from the Ministry as evidenced by the appointment of Kgosi Kebapetse Telekelo back then to mediate on the issue. However his mediation appears to have hit a snag following recent revelations.

This publication is further informed that Telekelo then held a meeting at the Mmadinare Kgotla on the 23th July 2013 where all interested parties deliberated their respective positions on the matter, and promised to give them feedback.

“It will further be recalled that at the close of the said meeting, the mediator did make an undertaking to present the case of all interested parties to the relevant authority, i.e the minister, and that there will be feedback and a report to the morafe,” the concerned group stated, adding that nothing has since materialized.

It is said that no report on the matter has been given to the interested parties much to the dissatisfaction of the morafe. “To date, no progress and solution has been communicated to us as regards to the dispute.” Recently ‘Itho la Motse’ also wrote to Permanent Secretary in the MLGRD categorization several assurances with respect to the crisis relating to the chieftainship issue but there was never any response.

Furthermore, as crucial interested parties to the dispute of the chieftaincy saga, the group points out that they have not been informed of any plans to install Mphoeng officially.  

WeekendPost can confirm that the tribesmen have engaged Gaborone based refined attorney Joram Matomela of JJ Matomela Attorneys who on Thursday filed statutory notice to Attorney General, Athaliah Molokomme who is cited as the first respondent. The second respondent is Minister of LGRD Slumber Tsogwane while Mphoeng Mphoeng is the third.

Matomela argues in the notice to Molokomme that they will approach the court and seek an order to declare that Mphoeng has no claim to the chieftaincy of Mmadinare and that MLGRD acted irregular and unlawfully by conferring recognition on the latter. They also concluded that the “court direct MLGRD to organize an election for purposes of electing the Mmadinare chief as per previous custom.”

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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