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Kgafela apologises to Gov’t of Botswana

Publishing Date : 14 May, 2018

Author : TEBOGO KGALEMANG

Embattled Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Kgosikgolo, Kgafela Kgafela II, has resolved to finally humble himself, and is pleading for forgiveness from government. Kgafela has been in exile in the neighbouring South Africa for six years now.  


Reliable information reaching WeekendPost suggests that Kgafela recently implored his uncles and siblings to approach the new President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, and solicit for his pardoning.  The team is expected to meet President Masisi next month. “The team which comprises of the Kgafela brothers; Bakgatla and Mmusi, the uncles, Kgosi Segale Linchwe, Kgosi Mothibe Linchwe and Bana Sekai is set to meet President Masisi and apologise on his behalf. He is hoping the new president will lend him an ear unlike his predecessor who failed to pardon him,” said the source.


Kgosi Kgafela relocated to South Africa in 2012 following protracted differences with the government of Botswana over flogging of Bakgatla tribesmen. Kgafela was charged alongside 35 tribesmen for 17 charges of floggings. His then co-accused have since reconciled with their complainants, while Kgosi Kgafela has been issued with an extradition application.


When former President Lt. General Ian Khama was about to vacate the office early this year, there were allegations that Kgosi Kgafela’s relations with the government of Botswana had almost normalised. However, it appears that Kgafela is still fighting to reach a mutual agreement with government. “It is not that Kgabo wants to relocate to Botswana. No. He will still be based in South Africa. But he wants to visit Botswana anytime he wants without being followed by law enforcement officials,” the source highlighted.


It is said that Kgafela’s intention is to appoint his son to the throne in Botswana. The intended heir is understood to still be studying in South Africa. Another Kgafela brother, Mmusi, has been assigned the task of pushing the issue from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) perspective. His strategy is to convince party leaders that the only way to win Kgatleng is to pardon their paramount chief and allow him visit his tribe in Mochudi as he wishes.


BDP recently lost to Umbrella of Democratic Change (UDC) in Mochudi East bye-elections. The constituency became vacant following Isaac Davids’ death earlier this year. On other issues, Kgosi Kgafela is reportedly also intending to sit at a table with his rival, Nyalala Pilane over the issue of chieftainship in South Africa. Impeccable sources have revealed that Pilane does not dispute that Kgosi Kgafela is his senior. All he wants, sources say, is to be left to run the finances while Kgosi Kgafela concentrates on Bogosi. “Kgosi Kgolo is however still reluctant on the issue because he will still need finances to run the office.”

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