The case in which Kgosi Malope Gaseitswe, Kgosi Michael Gaborone and the Ministry of Local Government were being sued over the appointment of Kgosi Matlhoakgosi Matlho as chief of Lerolwana village has been withdrawn due to late filing by the applicant.
This past Thursday, Mompati Koosimile of Legolo Relaeng Attorneys representing Bamphemetse Sekoanelo who was suing on the basis that he was the rightful chief of the small village in the Ngwaketse region, highlighted the limited prospects of success in the matter and thus chose to withdraw the case that was before Judge Mercy Garekwe of Lobatse High Court.
Prior to the withdrawal Sekoanelo placed before court that he is the one who should be the Chief of Lerolwana village as his grandfather was the headman of the village sometime before 1981, a time when the village was only a settlement.
“When the settlement was upgraded to a village in 1981, Kgosi Seepapitso wanted a literate person who would adjudicate cases at the customary court. The headman (Sekoanelo’s grandfather), being illiterate himself, also did not have any literate children at that time,” reads part of Sekoanelo’s affidavit.
He further highlighted that it was agreed at a Kgotla meeting that Kgosi Seepapitso would look for a literate candidate until such a time when they would be someone literate in the Sekoanelo family.
Sekoanelo said that the chieftaincy never returned to the family but went again to Totosi Maiketso who hailed from Mabule and later to his son Moepasediba Maiketso who retired in 2012 due to ill health.
He also accused Kgosi Sekwenyane of not accepting his name when he was chosen by the community to be a chief in June 2012. It was in 2013 that elections for a chief were conducted as and won by Kgosi Matlho.
“I am advised by my attorney and believe the same to be true that the conducting of elections was an irregular procedure in the Sengwaketse culture as the ascension to chieftaincy in Sengwaketse culture is through lineage and not elections,” Sekoanelo said.
The Attorney General’s Neo Sharp, representing the respondents in the matter said in her filing that the applicant had failed to submit a proper application before court in terms of Order 13 (16) of the Rules of the Court, as the annexures to his founding affidavit had not been duly initialed.
Sharp outlined that the applicant had failed to show on good cause why they failed to review proceedings immediately from February 18th 2014, or within 4 months when Matlhoakgosi Matlho was pronounced chief. “Applicants have never shown any determined effort to lay their case before the court until after a period of 12 months elapsed,” Sharp said in her filing notice.
It was also learnt at the day of argument that the applicants had taken a decision to withdraw the matter without any notice of withdrawal filed before court. Koosimile declined to answer any questions from this reporter after the court proceedings, saying he needed to consult his client first.
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.