Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
Tribal Admnistration

The Repeal of Chieftainship Act

The Chieftainship Act CAP 41:01 has been repealed by Section 29 of Bogosi Act of 2008 which commenced on the 30th April 2008. Bogosi Act of 2008 was enacted as a consequence of the Report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry of 2000 otherwise known as The Balopi Commission, into Sections 77, 78 and 79 of the Constitution of Botswana which dealt with the perceived tribal discrimination. The Balopi Commission was thus aimed at solving the problem of tribal inequality in Botswana. The Bogosi Act of 2008 resulted in the nomenclature – House of Chiefs – changing to Ntlo ya Dikgosi, the title Chief changed to Kgosi and the number of members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi increased from twelve (15) to thirty four (35).

Review of the Customary Court Act

The Customary Court Act CAP 04:05 is currently under review and the Bill is ready to be gazzetted before being presented to Ntlo ya Dikgosi and Parliament, possibly in February 2012.

Cessation of Botswana Local Police Force

The Government of Botswana through Presidential Directive No CAB 42/2007 directed that Botswana Local Police Force should be merged with Botswana Police Service for better utilization of resources, harmonized coordination and management of crime prevention in the country. This was due to the realization of the commonality between the mandate and functions of the two entities. Following the complete merger of these entities on the 1st April 2010, the Botswana Local Police Force ceased to exist. The legal statute which provided for the establishment of the said Force, the Local Police Act CAP 21:04 (No. 30 of 1972) was as a consequence repealed during the July, 2011 sitting of Parliament.

The dissolution of the Local Police Force led the Department of Tribal Administration to introduce a new cadre within its establishment – Court Bailiffs and Assistant Court Bailiffs – to undertake the functions that were previously within the ambit of the Local Police Force. However, Court Bailiffs and Assistant Court Bailiffs are not empowered to arrest suspects. Members of the Local Police Force, who could not be absorbed into Botswana Police Service during the merger due to various reasons, were then re-designated Court Bailiffs or Assistant Court Bailiffs depending on the salary grade they held. The new cadre was introduced on the 1st April 2010.

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