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Khama family visits Kgafela for reconciliation

Publishing Date : 12 February, 2018

Author : TEBOGO KGALEMANG

After spending six years in South Africa without visiting his family and morafe for fear of breaking a number of laws in Botswana, Bakgatla-Ba- Kgafela’s Kgosikgolo Kgafela is now expected to be frequenting his motherland anytime soon as he has ironed issues with government.


Following the demands that were tabled by Kgosi Kgafela through the reconciliation delegation that was sent by the President to meet him in 2014, the President has so far acceded to a number of Kgosi Kgafela demands. President Khama had in 2014 set up a taskforce that was meant to solve the chieftainship in Kgatleng and forge peace between Bakgatla and government. The five man team had informed Kgosi Kgolo that President Khama had sent them on a peace keeping mission and further that the President wanted to know if he was still interested in coming back to Botswana.


It was Kgosikgolo’s response that  the taskforce should go back and tell President Khama to come and meet him in person, to withdraw his de-registration and reinstate Kgosi Bana-Sekai as his representative. And so far, the President’s delegation has met Kgafela in South Africa, Kgosi Sekai is back in his position as deputy chief, and the President is now free to hold kgotla meetings in Mochudi and surrounding areas unlike before.


WeekendPost has learnt from sources close to the case that President Khama has late last year sent his family to meet Kgosi Kgafela on his behalf as he had demanded that the latter should face him in person. He sent a three delegation team comprising of his brother, the Minister of Wildlife and Tourism Tshekedi Khama, his aunt Semane Molotlegi and former Minister of Local Government Peter Siele.


In an interview with former Minister Siele, he confirmed visiting Kgosi Kgolo on an instruction of President Khama. “I was sent to go deliver him a letter from the president and I did so. But I will not share the content of the letter,” he said, but denied that he was in the company of Khama and Molotlegi. “I was alone.”


KGAFELA DROPS SEKAI

In the closed session meeting, it was agreed that Kgafela and the President should solve their differences once and for all. Kgafela is as such expected to come to Botswana anytime where he will address his morafe and put things in order at Mochudi kgotla and go back deal with other businesses in South Africa. “Mephato have got out of order since Kgabo left. And he will in that meeting address and caution them to respect the government,” said the source.


Kgosi Kgafela will also push for the tribe to work cordially with their leader who will soon be announced to represent him at Ntlo ya Dikgosi. Initially, Kgosi Kgolo had instructed the government to appoint Sekai. Sekai was supposed to be announced by President Khama on Thursday during his farewell kgotla meeting. This publication can confirm that Kgosi Kgafela had on January 7,2018 summoned Kgosi Sekai and told him he would not appoint him to the higher position anymore.


Sekai is as such to remain in his position as deputy chief. And an urgent meeting is expected between him (Sekai), Kgosi Segale Linchwe, Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe and the Minister of Local Government, Slumber Tsogwane on Monday concerning the said changes.


In an interview with Kgosi Sekai on Friday, he denied any knowledge that Kgosi Kgafela has decided to drop him from representing morafe at Ntlo ya Dikgosi. He said to his knowledge, the Minister of Local Government has asked morafe during the last kgotla meeting to write a letter to his office requesting for his appointment at Ntlo ya Dikgosi.


He however said, “But to me it does not change anything whether somebody is dropping me or what. After all I’m happy that I’m now back in my position performing the role of deputy paramount chief.” Highly placed sources have it that Kgosi Kgafela’s new favourable candidate is Kgosi Segale Linchwe who for a long time has been Kgosi Sekai’s threat.


Kgosi Segale was seen during the ongoing Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg in closed meetings with Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela during adjournments. Kgosi Kgolo had so many people who came with him, but many times, he would take Kgosi Segale and talk to him in secret.

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