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MPHO'S GRANDCHILDREN: Charlottene Mpho

MPHO’S GRANDCHILDREN: Charlottene Mpho

Grand children seek restraining order as ‘vultures’ descend on household goods.

Patriarch of Botswana politics and a founding member of the first Botswana Political Party, Motsamai Mpho’s legacy is under threat.

Mpho died at the ripe old age of 91 last year November. No sooner had his body turned to dust than a row over his property between his granddaughters and their uncles had reared its ugly head.

Last week the celebrated political icon’s granddaughters, Claire, 37 and Charlottene, 33, moved to seek a court order to restrain the offending uncles, Moaparankwe and Omogae Mpho from looting Mpho’s estate.

Moaparankwe and Omogae are accused of taking some of Mpho’s property without family members’ knowledge.

The same uncles have also been said to have harassed the grandchildren every time they arrived at Mpho’s yard to loot.

Recently Claire and Charlottene walked into The Voice offices to tell their story about how the greedy uncles removed household goods like sofas, television sets and the BPP party memorabilia by force.

MPHO'S GRANDCHILDREN: Amanda Mpho

MPHO’S GRANDCHILDREN: Amanda Mpho

When The Voice visited the late politician’s yard at Sanyedi ward in Maun the two women were found seated in an empty house which no longer resembled Mpho’ status.

They produced a list which comprised a Jojo tank, chairs, two gas cylinders, iron sheets and gum poles as some of the goods that were stolen by the uncles.

Former freelance journalist, Nomsa Ndlovu who is said to be a friend to both the late politician and Moaparankwe was also mentioned as having joined in the grabbing.

She allegedly took a refrigerator, washing basin, serving dish, blankets, wooden chairs and more, the two women said.

“Our father lives in Selebi- Phikwe and he is not well. That is why these uncles are taking advantage of us.

I think by December everything in this yard would be gone if we did not get a restraining order.

They are vultures who want to push us away but we will stand our ground.” She said.

Another grandchild Amanda Mpho, 18, accused Moaparankwe of mistaking her computer for Mpho’s property and taking it.

“He took my computer and later claimed that it was in the library.I was supposed to be using it here since I’m pregnant,” said theUniversity College student.

Mpho had seven children. Four died, one is sick in Selebi-Phikwe and two are outside the country.

When contacted for a comment, Omogae referred all questions to Moaparankwe who said: “I am busy and I cannot comment on your story.

You can go and write whatever they told you and I will comment after.”


Charlottene

Charlottene

14 Responses to “PROPERTY TUSSLE THREATEN TO MAR MOTSAMAI MPHO’S LEGACY”

  1. cheerful 2013/12/16

    If no proper laid down policy is put in place to protect those that should have access to the property people will just continue to help themselves if they cannot agree amongst themselves.

  2. cheerful 2013/12/17

    The Court Order should state that all the items should be brought back to the house and give those who have taken a deadline to return the goods.

    Absolutely no respect whatsoever in one paragraph someone took the computer where one of the grandchildren is at University and one of the children is not well not a good gesture for the season of goodwill to the family. just sheer greed.

  3. cheerful 2013/12/18

    The person who has passed on must be turning in their grave (as the saying goes) as some people grab and squabble over possessions

    The former journalist must live comfortably and is just a friend and they are seen to be grabbing SHAMEFUL

  4. celestial herald 2013/12/18

    Wena cheerful why do you listen to the voice nonsense. The voice should teach Daniel Chida to investigate his stories instead of reporting nonsense and misleading the reader. Who doesn’t know in Maun that there isn’t any hint of truth in that story. The Mpho wrangle was listened to and adjudicated by the Boyei and Goo-Tawana kgotlas respectively and tell you what, it is those children who have been kicked out of the Mpho estate by a court order because as daughters of none adopted step children they have no right to make claims as rightful heirs to the property of Motsamai Mpho. On the other hand, how can Chida give the reader a factual story when he doesn’t even know that the Mpho estate is in Boyei not Sanyedi ward, as he purported.

  5. celestial herald 2013/12/18

    Shame on you Cheerful who doesn’t know the golden heart of that journalist. Let Chida and his sick informants stop tainting her name but make a follow up and write about the charity activities that she is carrying out in Maun. Do you know that even at Motsamai Mpho’s funeral it was announced that she took care of the old man single handed until his last breath. I don’t mean just ordinary care but bathing, feeding etc. Do you think that this is the type that can still such things. Go to the Mpho family and find out how they adore that women. They even treat her as their own daughter

  6. tipa11 2013/12/18

    Shirley o bopama jang banna? ke jone boswa jo o bo batlang. ngwanyana wa Bontleng mo GC.

  7. CUDDLESOME 2013/12/19

    Nnyaa betsho, bomalome, borakgadi, borangwane ba kgakala thata le boswa jwa ga rre. Whether Chida o fositse kgotla kana jang. There’s nothing wrong ka bana ba go tswa rraabo molomo coz he is not well. Lona bomma le dirile sentle go ntshetsa kgang ye kontle, batho ba rata go ja boswa jo bo sa ba lebanang.

  8. celestial herald 2013/12/19

    Those children did not tell the truth to Chida. Neither is their father sick nor the Mpho family wanting any share of the sage’s property except to hand it over to the rightful heirs, which are Mpho’s biological daughter Boitumelo who is in England and six biological grandchildren. Shirley and her sister never stayed with the old man during his life, why stay now and guard his property when he is no more. We heard at the Kgotla that Mpho married a woman who had five children of her own. Before Mpho sealed the marriage vows he told his in-laws that he was not adopting the children but would raise, educate and return them to their mother’s family. Evidence indicated that when the five were grown up, the Mpho family returned them back to their mother’s family in Palapye were without Mpho’s consent they registered for Omang using his surname. In Setswana culture, such children have no right to claim boswa ja ga Motsamai Mpho. For more infor read the biography of Motsamai Mpho by Dr Wayne Edge and see what Mpho in his own words says about his children.

  9. cheerful 2013/12/20

    So why did not someone speak up when the voice published the story????

  10. cheerful 2013/12/20

    why leave it until someone has made a comment??? APT!!!

  11. CUDDLESOME 2013/12/20

    Herald seem to know what he is talking about, unless he is a good story teller, but my question is Rre Mpho being so intelligent, didnt he have a will? … and these two ladies are they or not biological kids?

  12. cheerful 2013/12/20

    Why say shame on you?
    I am not ashamed of my opinions based on the article which i have read and understood you are entitled to your opinions too
    ARE YOU THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE JOURNALIST IN QUESTION ???!! WHY DID THE JOURNALIST NOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

    Do you know who i am for you to speak to me the way you have spoken to me in some quarters it would be regarded as RUDE!

    Why on earth are you picking on Daniel who was told the story by the TWO THAT WALKED INTO THE VOICE OFFICE- you should have POLITELY say that Daniel was MISINFORMED AND NOT TRY TO BE HOSTILE TO EVERYONE.

    CHARLOTTE AND CLAIRE WALKED INTO THE VOICE OFFICES – THE VOICE DID NOT GO TO THEM
    and do not TELL ME NOT TO LISTEN TO THE VOICE’S NONSENSE I CAN MAKE THAT DECISION NOT YOU!!! i AM SURE IF YOU TELL YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY TO DANIEL HE WILL LISTEN TO YOU

  13. cheerful 2013/12/28

    Hark the Celestial Herald Sing!!!

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