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Taskforce for Bobirwa Chieftaincy
06/03/12
Siele appoints a tasksforce for Bobirwa Chieftaincy

Following the long standing controversy surrounding Bogosi ja Babirwa in Bobonong, a task force has been set up and appointed by the Honourable Minister Peter Siele to resolve the impasse.

Bogosi has of late been marred in controversies especially with regard to its succession. As such it is the mandate of The Peoples Ministry and/or the minister to intervene whenever there are issues of this nature. The issue in Bobonong is that there are some within the village who claim that the current Kgosi Mmirwa Malema is not the rightful designate to the throne. The challengers are Mr. Onkemetse Serumola (Kgosana ya Tetlanyo) and Adam Masilo (Moemela Kgosi).

When addressing Babirwa recently at a fully packed Bobonong main Kgotla, the Minister acknowledged that there is dispute surrounding Bogosi in the village. “That is why we are here today bagaetsho, to try and get to the bottom of this issue amicably. The Minister told the attendants that several attempts have been undertaken in the past by Bangwato Tribal Administration to resolve the impasse but with very little success.

He said government is very concerned about the developments regarding Bogosi ja Babirwa and is not taking the issue lightly. “Government does not take this matter lightly, neither do i, that is why we had to seek a team to help us settle this matter, said Siele. The task force is expected to do an investigation on Bogosi ja Babirwa in general and report their findings back to the minister within three weeks. The team comprise of Mr. Matlapeng Ray Molomo, as team leader, Mr. Kingsley Sebele, Mr. Shaw Mokgadi and Dr. Rogers Molefhi as team members. In addition there are Ms. Kgopolo Lehelepa and Mr Mmolotsi C. Mokotedi as their secretariat duo.

In their investigation, the team would meet all Dikgosana and village elders of Bobonong and its surrounding villages to get as much information a they can on the history of Bogosi ja Babirwa and its lineage. Minister Siele asked for cooperation and support on the matter so that the situation can normalise again in Bobirwa. He cautioned against the use of hate speech and asked for calmness so that the truth can be reached, as only the truth can set all of us free.

Bogosi means the institution of traditional leadership or the position of Kgosi as enshrined under the Bogosi Act, 2008. Dikgosi are also governed by Bogosi Bill of the same Act.

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