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Tsogwane, Kgatleng MPs to discuss Kgafela matter


Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Slumber Tsogwane will meet with Kgatleng legislators to discuss the protracted and unresolved Kgosi Kgafela II issue.


Weekend Post has it on good authority that Kgatleng East Member of Parliament, Isaac Davids has made the Kgosi Kgafela matter a priority and want it settled as soon as possible.  This week new Minister, Tsogwane had already agreed to meet the duo of Kgatleng MPs soon to map a way forward as the matter continues to haunt the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).


The just ended elections in which the BDP lost both Kgatleng constituencies to the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) has proved that the Kgatleng chieftainship matter cannot be taken lightly. Some ruling party insiders believe it weighed on BDP performance in the just ended elections.


Dr Unity Dow and Mpho Moruakgomo both lost Kgatleng West and Kgatleng East to Gilbert Mangole and Isaac Davids of the UDC respectively. Kgosi Kgafela II who took over the reins in 2008 has been at war with the government over various issues. Efforts to resolve the Bakgatla saga by Lebonaamang Mokalake and Peter Siele who both had a chance head Ministry of Local Government drew blanks in the past.


The bone of contention started when the state charged Kgafela and his regiment for unlawful floggings of members of his morafhe. Kgafela responded later with a lawsuit of his own approaching the courts to challenge the legality of Botswana’s constitution. In his founding affidavit Kgafela requested the High Court to set aside the country’s constitution alleging that it was fraudulent. Midway through the case, Kgafela withdrew the case and announced in a Kgotla meeting that he was relocating to Moruleng in South Africa.


Kgafela’s relocation to Moruleng amid acrimonious relationship between Bakgatla and government officials left a political ruin on the side of the BDP. Ahead of 2014 general elections, the campaign message in Kgatleng was centred around Kgafela saga.

The UDC evidently enjoyed the support of the royal family, because it moulded its messages around sympathy with the estranged chief. Before his departure Kgafela had ruled that, government officials were not welcome in Kgatleng and encouraged resident to boycott the Kgotla meetings called by government officials.


The already nasty relationship was not helped by the then Minister Lebonaamang Mokalake’s decision to de-recognise him as the Chief of Bakgatla. The Bakgatla had also made it clear that they would not entertain anyone to assume the seat of their absent and de-recognized chief as long as Kgafela is alive. Bakgatla want all charged laid against their chief being scrapped and that be recognized as the chief of Bakgatla as he remains the only rightful man for the throne.


BDP had known the gravity of the matter going into the elections therefore adopting a change in their policy in favour of a friendly approach. Last year President Ian Khama agreed to reinstate Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe as President of Customary Court of Appeal after the latter pleaded for forgiveness from President Ian Khama. Mothibe together with Deputy Paramount Kgosi of Bakgatla Bana Sekai Linchwe and Senior Chief's Representative Kgosi Segale Linchwe were serving a suspension from duty since 2009 pending their criminal trials in relation with the destruction of the Mascom Tower in Mochudi and flogging of their tribesmen.


Although Bakgatla royals have seemed divided it looks like the Kgatleng community will not be happy as long as Kgafela is still abroad and not recognized. This would be a matter that the new Minister, Tsogwane will deliberate on in the next five years and hopefully to resolve if  he is to change the BDP fortunes in the area.
 

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