Senior citizens who are usually engaged by government to investigate Bogosi or chieftainship disputes have expressed frustration and shock at the way government handles Taskforce reports. In essence they want their reports made public, while government prefers to keep them secret.
WeekendPost has established that the different taskforces had recommended that the reports be made public to ensure transparency, accountability and legitimacy.
However, no report has been made public and this has not only shocked the esteemed Bogosi gurus but the tribes who often accuse the engaged elders of engineering mechanisms to divide them.
Former National Assembly Speaker, Ray Molomo who has led several taskforces, the latest being the Bobirwa chieftaincy debacle, confirmed to this publication that they have been inundated with concerns over failure to publish chieftaincy Taskforce reports.
He immediately turned his swords to the government, “I just don’t know why the government is keeping these reports a secret because we always recommend that they be made public, particularly to the affected tribes,” he charged.
Molomo said he was shocked and frustrated when he saw the same thing happening again in the recent Bobirwa report that followed the Molepolole one. “These reports must be publicised if we are to bring peace on matters of chieftaincy.
Reports do not only inform, they guide, they educate and are a fundamental point of reference in hard times or times of need and hence must be shared with affected people if we are serious about resolving chieftaincy disputes and preventing possible problems,” he said.
But the Minister of Local government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane said reports are for government and not necessarily for the tribes, public or anybody else. “We do if need be inform the affected royals as they are the ones mostly in disagreements,” he said further adding that the tribes can only be informed as a form of courtesy.
However, Molomo says he will be watching developments in the Kgatleng case with a keen eye. “We currently have the one in Kgatleng where the President recently set up a task force meant to solve the chieftaincy problems in Kgatleng and forge peace between Bakgatla and government. We don’t know whether it will be released either.”
The said team is made up of Bangwaketse paramount chief Kgosi Malope, former Assistant Minister of Agriculture Oreeditse Molebatsi, Tumelo Seboko from Tribal Administration, a certain Mathoka from the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
According to Molomo, government should think hard over matters of sideling tribes, “look, some people may be suspicious and could question the government during reports implementation or even refuse the subsequent report implementation because they do not own the report and are not privy to its content and how they have been quoted therein and so forth,” he remarked.
His contention is that the privacy is not justified, “In fact I find nothing secretive about such reports because virtually everything is carried out in public and the public already knows what we have as that was gathered in Kgotla meetings,” he charged.
The former Speaker further added that the secrecy tendencies by the government compromises their good work as well as the peace they may have fought for and achieved through their work.
Molomo went on to say the government’s antics leave chieftaincy questions unresolved and in some instances worse. “Some tribes or individuals may feel that, the Task Force’s mandate was after all commissioned to legitimize one of the claimants to the throne and so forth,” he said.
The Molomo Task Force submitted their Bobirwa report to the government on the 23rd of March 2012.The then Minister, Peter Siele informed the tribe that the findings of the Task Force would not be released to members of the public and that Kgosi Malema will remain at the Kgotla until the end of his contract in 2015.
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.