BAKGATLA TRIBESMEN: Royals demand that their candidate be pronounced Oodi chief
Bakgatla and Batlokwa royals are entrenched in an ugly feud over the Oodi Chieftaincy- which is reported to have originally alternated between the two tribes following Batlokwa ‘s arrival in Oodi after fleeing tribal wars from Kweneng.
Acording to history books, the two tribes enjoyed frequent relations and assisted each other in times of need during Nfeqane wars.
The issue is so serious that Batlokwa royals have reported the matter to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development , Slumber Tsogwane. They want the minister to intervene because they believe that Kgosi Segale Linchwe is biased towards his tribe – Bakgatla.
Oodi village is a homeland for Batlokwa and Bakgatla but renowned historian Dr . Rodgers Molefi argues that Batlokwa found Bakgatla in Oodi and went into the royal territories as a result of Bakgatla’s even-handedness and kindness. Kgosi Semele joined the tribal administration in 1992 and served as Oodi village chief for 21 years.
The Bakgatla tribal leader, Kgosi Segale is said to be uncompromising as he is of the view that the chieftaincy by virtue of not being a birth right alternates between the two tribes by nature. His views are that Oodi Bogosi has been alternating between the two royal wards been Kgosing and Monneng. This, he argues, is an agreement long entered into by the royal ancestors of the land. Batlokwa however rubbished this argument as nothing but ‘total fabrication’ meant to mislead and divert attention from the real issue.
After learning of this confusion, this publication asked whether the tribe or Kgosikgolo’s office had anything documented on Oodi chieftaincy and the answer was negative. Former Bakgatla leader and now president of the Customary Court of Appeal, Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe refused to comment on the matter but revealed that he once requested all his tribes and their leaders to submit documentation on the history and future of their tribes ‘but unfortunately Oodi did not submit’.
Weekendpost, has established that Bakgatla have now clung toSegale’s argument and want the the ballot system. They have nominated their preffered name which will be competing with that of Batlokwa. The issue is however not likely to go to the contest stages because the leaders still hope to strike a deal.
During an interview, Kgosi Segale said, “I have sent my letter to the director of tribal administration and I will not be sharing more on that letter.” Pressed further Segale only revealed that there were “two factions, Batlokwa and Bakgatla and the latter want the ballot system as was in 1995 when Semele won against Ntsomeng but the former contend that the Bogosi is theirs”.
He continued that Ntsomeng who lost to Semele in 1995 has also confirmed that the Oodi Bogosi is decided by a vote.
One of the royals between the two tribes who prefered anonimity said it was important for the leaders to leave the Village elders to determine the fate of the chieftancy, arguing that the tribe would never go wrong if given the oppotunity to explain their chieftaincy lineage. He argued that the leaders should be cautious not to impose their views on the people as that could backfire.
It is not clear how the Minister will handle the issue but he has promised to resolve all pending Bogosi issues in this country and put them to rest.
Assistant Minister Botlhogile Tshireletso confirmed that the issue is before them but was not ready to comment on it as it was among the newly arrived cases.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.
The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.
Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa
A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.
COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”
According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.
“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”
Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”
Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.
Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.
“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.
For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.
“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.
Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.
The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ, Patrick Thedi said, “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”
As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.
Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele, who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.
The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as well as bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.
TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050, has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.