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Office of the President (OP)
Response to Mr. Bana Sekai
17/01/12

Ordinarily, the Office of the President does not wish to respond to statements made by members of the public.
     
However, in this instance, due to the gravity of the matter, it has been found necessary to respond.
     
This Office wishes to express its deepest regret at a statement carried in the November 30th issue of The Botswana Gazette attributed to the suspended Deputy Chief of Bakgatla, Mr. Bana Sekai about his attempts to meet with His Honour, the Vice President, Lt. General Mompati Merafhe.
     
As a matter of fact, this Office facilitated a meeting between His Honour,  the Vice President and Mr Sekai on September 15, 2011, which was postponed by Mr. Sekai himself on September 13, 2011 on the account that he had not finished preparing a “Report” he wished to present to His Honour, the Vice President.
     
Up to this day, the “Report” has not been submitted.
     
In the spirit of mutual understanding, His Honour, the Vice President rescheduled the meeting to September 21, 2011 at 1500 hours. Again, Mr. Sekai called on September 20, 2011 to cancel the meeting. Mr. Sekai informed this Office that he was unable to honour the appointment since Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, whom he had invited to the meeting was attending a cultural event in Moruleng.
     
We respect the right of Mr. Sekai to express his views on matters pertaining to the unfolding developments in Kgatleng, but wish to advise him to desist from making public statements which are utterly false and unfounded.
     
However, it is inappropriate for a person entrusted with the responsibility to make public statements which are devoid of the truth. It serves to demonstrate his lack of respect for our cultural norms and values.
     
In this regard, this Office wishes to dismiss Mr. Bana Sekai’s utterance with respect to His Honour the Vice President as both inaccurate and disrespectful.

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