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 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.