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11 tribes in Bogosi disputes

Publishing Date : 03 September, 2018

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

At least 11 tribes are hopeful that their chieftainship disputes will be dealt with urgently by the new Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi. Venson-Moitoi inherited the backlog of cases from Vice President Slumber Tsogwane. All of the disputes centre on succession, WeekendPost can reveal.


This publication has established that the Ministry is currently dealing with 11 succession cases. All these need urgent attention as the various tribes have gone without a Kgosi for some time now. The absence of a Kgosi has meant that the morafe cannot access some services rendered by a Kgosi. Some of the affected tribes include Babirwa, Bakgalagadi, Batswapong and Bakhurutshe.


“The Institution of Bogosi is complex and cannot exist without disputes more especially over issues of succession. The Bogosi disputes emanate from the royal house or within the community on who should be designated as Kgosi usually after the passing on or retirement of one who was been holding the fort,” said MLGRD permanent secretary, Boipolelo Khumomatlhare.


While the ministry admits it is the duty of the royal house or the community to amicably resolve these disputes they don’t rule out other avenues for redress to the aggrieved party. “Where they reach a stalemate, the matter is then referred to the Ministry for further investigations so that a resolution can be made.” The Minister can also constitute a task team made of Dikgosi from other tribes to consult, investigate and come up with recommendations that can inform the final decision on the matter. “Where a solution cannot be reached, the aggrieved parties are at liberty to take the matter to court,” she added.


Since last year Bayeyi who are now a recognized tribe failed to install their Kgosi on two occasions.  “With regard to Bayeyi issue, consultations are ongoing and therefore we are not at liberty to say much before the conclusions of the consultation process.” The ministry says while it is their intention to deal with matter promptly it is a challenge to set dates for issues to be resolved because consultations take long as there is need to consult and engage with all affected parties in line with the provisions of the Bogosi Act of 2008. “Usually these cases are sensitive and they need to be handled with due diligence,” she highlighted.


Venson-Moitoi, in attempts to deal with the matters has already visited Makopong village to douse the raging chieftainship fires.  “The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development is aware of the ongoing Bogosi disputes across the country. For the issues to be resolved, it does not necessarily need the Minister to visit the affected tribes or communities. In other instances, the concerned communities send delegations to the Minister to resolve such issues.”


The permanent secretary says the chieftainship disputes are a daily occurrence, which the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is seized with to address and resolve amicably in consultation with the affected communities. “Therefore, every opportunity is utilized to sensitize and make the communities aware of the importance of consultation when dealing with chieftainship issues.”


Bogosi disputes are a worrying phenomenon which threatens the stability and integrity of the institution. For some time the chairperson of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, Kgosi Puso Gaborone has pleaded with tribes to minimize quarrels emanating from succession and other related issues.

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