*Royals accuse Kgamane of imposing son,threaten to cause mayhem
A heated discussion about Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane’s controversial decision to install his son as chief has ended with threats of separation of Bangwato and the other peoples of Shoshong.
A disgruntled royal from Phaleng ward, Modiko Mosinyi who expressed anger that Kgamane, a prominent Mongwato royal and uncle to president Ian Khama has moved to usurp the village chieftainship from the rightful owners for his son told the gathering that Kgosi Kgamane disclosed his plan to install his son as village chief at a petrol station some time back.
“I’m telling you today that if he goes ahead with his plan he will be igniting a fire he will not be able to put out. Shoshong is going to burn. Bokaa and Phaleng will find their own place where they will have their own customary court,” Mosinyi warned
Matters came to a head when the Bangwato royal demoted Kgosi Sejakgomo Ntsaga of the Baphaleng tribe and replaced him a Ngwato royal uncle Felix Kgamane to hold fort at the Shoshong Kgotla for Sediegeng’school going son.
Historically Shoshong’s chieftainship had been held by three tribes from three different wards of the Bakaa, BaPhaleng and Bagwato simultaneously sitting at the Kgotla to deliberate the issues of the people.
This set-up, which had served the village well for the past 34 years was disturbed when one of the chiefs, Kgosi Mosinyi died in 2005 and was replaced by his then assistant kgosi Ntsaga, headman of arbitration kgosi Etlhasetse Tlale has alleged.
“In 2006 Kgamane brought two names in Felix Kgamane, and Modiko Sesenyi and told the gathering that in two years there would be change of leadership,” said Ntsaga during the emotionally charged meeting.
He further said that when his contract was about to expire in 2010 he applied for an extension in June.
“There was no response and on the 20th of December last year I received a letter demoting me, paving way for Felix Kgamane to take over.
As Ntsaga was trying to figure out what was going on, Sediegeng Kgamane sent a strong 11-man team to Shoshong in February to inform the villagers about the ascendancy of the young Felix Kgamane to the throne to hold fort for Kgamane’s young son Setogile who is still in school.
Commenting on the issue one resident who identified himself as Senalebeng Mokgosi urged all at the kgotla to leave the Kgamane and set up their own customary court.
“Write a letter to Sediegeng and attach a list of names of all the people who were here and let us give him two months to respond and if he doesn’t let’s take him to court. It’s our right,” he said.
Molefhi Mphoyakgosi, a councillor for Shoshong South and a member of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party also encouraged the two wards to stand up for their rights and reject Felix Kgamane.
“We are no longer servants, we have got our own cars and this issue has forced us to read a lot of books from archives to get to the bottom of it,” he said.
Meanwhile Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane told the Voice that the issue of Bogosi in Shoshong is being politicized. He said the Bakaa and Phaleng tribal leaders were encouraging tribalism, which was contrary to nation building.
“I have never demoted anyone, his contract had expired and he was hired again on a new contract and a new position,’ he said.
He said that the Kgamanes were the rightful heirs to the Chieftainship in Shoshong anyhow.
“The records are there to prove it,” said Kgamane.
The Mongwato royal further said that there was a small clique of people who used the tribalism card in an effort to saw seeds of discord in the village.
“The leadership position has been alternating between Bokaa and Phaleng for the last 34 years, now when a Kgamane is supposed to go to the top, there is a problem. Why? We don’t entertain tribalism in this country and these people need to be stopped,” he asked.