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Kgathi snubbed Bobirwa taskforce

The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi

The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi who was previously a Minister in the Office of the President, refused to meet the government appointed taskforce on the Bobirwa chieftaincy dispute, the Weekend Post has established.  


Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ray Molomo, Dr Rodgers Molefhi, Kingsley Sebele and Shaw Mokgadi who were members of the said taskforce that was set up to establish the origins of Bobirwa chieftainship had summoned Kgathi among other notable Babirwa to make submissions.


The taskforce started off with an indoor investigation involving the traditional leadership in the Bobirwa region to establish the tribe's royal lineage. Members of the community were scheduled to make submissions indoors later and while the members of the public were to follow in a Kgotla meeting.


Minister Kgathi who is a nephew to the embattled and outgoing Chief, Mmirwa Malema, was scheduled to make his submissions as a credible national leader, and as family. Kgathi however refused to meet the taskforce, defying the Bangwato regent, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane‘s order and advice to the Bobirwa community to be cooperative and submissive to the taskforce for its smooth and effective operations.


Sources at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development say they have since learnt that Kgathi was frustrated by a succeeding campaign to oust his uncle, Kgosi Malema hence his efforts to frustrate the efforts of the taskforce.


The taskforce was commissioned following Mmirwa Malema’s revelation that he would retire this year and would hand over to one of his children. Adam Masilo was recommended as the rightful chief of Bobirwa as it was discovered that Malema himself, became chief through an election that was held in 1972.


In an interview with Weekend Post, the taskforce leader, Molomo said Kgathi may have declined due to political reasons, “Maybe he didn’t want to be involved,” he said when quizzed over why he did not meet with them when they requested his audience.


This publication has established that Masilo may however not take over from Malema following an illness understood to be a minor stroke. Sources say he is highly likely to appoint a regent to put the tribe’s worries at rest.


The Task Force was, among other things, instructed by the Ministry of Local Government to determine the lineage of Babirwa and also to determine if that Bogosi was hereditary or not. Another of the terms of reference had asked the Task Force to determine who the rightful “Moemela Kgosi yo Mogolwane ”(Senior Tribal Representative) was in Bobirwa.


According to the reports, all evidence given by a varied number of people from across Bobirwa villages and settlements, including Bobonong, Tsetsebjwe, Molaladau, Gobojango and Semolale showed that the Bobirwa chieftainship has always been hereditary.


The Task Force was able to determine that among the three claimants [Malema, Masilo and Serumola] the descendant of Sekoba was the most senior. Sekoba is a past Bobirwa Kgosi who ruled before the current confusion ensued. And, as it turns out, Masilo is the direct descendant of Sekoba, the Report revealed.


The Task Force was further instructed by government to determine how Kgosi Mmirwa Malema, who currently sits as the Senior Tribal Representative, had ascended the throne to start with.
 The Task Force discovered that Malema was voted as part of an election that was held in 1972.


“The last Mongwato, Oampona Ngwato, resigned in 1972 and there was an election between Mmirwa Malema, Batshedi Kgathi and Gaonyatse Randome. Malema won the election,” reads the report.


Additionally, the Task Force also discovered that all the three claimants to the throne were indeed related, but that Masilo was incontestably the most senior. Given its clear discomfort in making public the findings of the Molomo Task Force, it remains to be seen what steps the government will take since Malema’s contract officially elapsed in May this year, though he has not been replaced as of yet. Efforts To get a comment from the Minister hit a snag as he is currently outside the country. His secretary said he will only be in the office on the 29th of this Month.

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