Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
RETREAT FOR DIKGOSI
13/07/12
Members of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi attended a two day retreat held at Maharaja conference center on the 25th and 26th June 2012.This retreat was officially opened by Honorable minister Peter Siele, Assistant minister Maxwell Motowane and officials from Tribal Administration.

Members of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi attended a two day retreat held at Maharaja conference center on the 25th and 26th June 2012.This retreat was officially opened by Honorable minister Peter Siele, Assistant minister Maxwell Motowane and officials from Tribal Administration.

This retreat was held to share ideas, raise concerns and issues that border on the efficiency of Botswana’s mandate concerning Bogosi and Ntlo Ya Dikgosi. The minister said the retreat was called to provide a platform for discussions outside the usual known setting of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi.

According to the minister, as a nation there is need to support Bogosi for promotion of good governance, Botho, Self reliance, Development and Unity because Bogosi provides an important interface between morafe and government.

Siele stated that, “Kgosi ea tsalwa, and this has led to the belief that a Kgosi can be inaugurated to lead his morafe without being oriented to deal with the challenges that come along with her responsibilities”. In addition to this, the minister said that people are increasingly becoming aware of their rights than ever before and can challenge the decisions in courts of law; therefore there is need for orientation and training.

“We need to step up our efforts in order to cope with the large numbers that need either orientation or refresher courses” stressed the minister.

Dikgosi were commended for their timely delivery of justice in their respective courts and they were encouraged to keep this up, furthermore Dikgosi were urged to ensure that the exercise of upgrading Dikgotla is achieved.

In their comments, Dikgosi were very thankful of the minister s effort of sustaining their relationship. They complained of low payments (salaries), shortage of vehicles, political interference in Bogosi, conflicts caused by power hungry leaders, Issues of transfers in their various tribal administration offices and district commissioners being given more priority as compared to Dikgosi.

On the issue of conflicts caused by power hungry leaders, Kgosi Telekelo of Moshupa said that people tend to forget the truth of who is to inherit Bogosi. Kgosi Lotlaamoreng of Barolong urged for the funding of cultural activities in training of Dikgosi in skills like interpretation of statute. The chairperson, Puso Gaborone complained of low budget leading to shortage of resources. Puso stressed the fact that there is no relationship between Ntlo Ya Dikgosi and Headquarters of Tribal Administration.

In response to the above matters, Steven Ntsaagae from Tribal Administration said the budget has been affected by the economic recession and there is delay because of the tendering process. On other issues like political interference, the minister assured Dikgosi to solve the problem with relevant persons.

In his closing remarks Puso Gaborone said he has hope to see some changes as according to matters raised during the retreat and urged Dikgosi to promote the welfare of their people.

 

 

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