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.
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.”