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Victory is in sight – Kgafela II



Exiled BaKgatla baga Kgafela Sovereign, Kgosikgolo Kgafela Kgafela II has almost completed the mission he set out to achieve in Moruleng, South Africa some six years ago, which was to reclaim the Morafe’s stolen assets.

Kgafela assured his subjects during a Kgothakgothe gathering on Sunday at Kgabutle Kgotla in Leasetlheng village, Moruleng, South Africa, that: “We have accomplished our task, there’s nothing new to say!” What sounded like sweet music to the ears of the gathering was that the man who Kgafela has pursued for the better part of the six years – Kgosi Nyalala Pilane – is scheduled to appear before the Commission investigating BaKgatla baga Kgafela Chieftainship on May 21st 2018 at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

Kgafela, like other speakers before him –Morena Rampho Pheto and the secretary general of the Workers Committee of the BaKgatla baga Kgafela Strategic Investment Company, Nicholas Kubu- appealed to BaKgatla to throng the Civic Centre in huge numbers to hear for themselves what Nyalala Pilane has to say about the accusations of corruption and maladministration levelled against him and his cohorts in the Traditional Council.

Nyalala stands accused of siphoning billions of Rands of BaKgatla baga Kgafela monies including investments in platinum mining conglomerates to finance his lavish and opulent lifestyle whilst the Morafe wallowed in paucity.

He has managed to evade countless court actions instigated by various pressure groups and members of the BaKgatla baga Kgafela tribe in Moruleng and some of its 34 villages. But, a seemingly contented Kgafela II on Sunday waxed confident, as he bellowed on the ground below the mighty Pilanesberg mountain range threatening that the looters are going to spew out (tlhatsa) the money they have stolen. He was speaking to an equally receptive audience that punctuated his speech with hearty laughter and giggles at every jab he threw at Nyalala and his cohorts. Only three things remain before total victory is declared.

And Kgabo, as Kgafela is affectionately known, again appealed to his people to be focussed. These things are the Commission of Enquiry, which resumes on May 21st; the Gauteng High Court matter relating to the tribe’s involvement in the drafting of the Mining Charter and lastly, the Constitutional Court case that the people of Lesetlheng have launched citing lack of consultation when the Platinum Mine was built on their land. In between the commission and the court cases there is likelihood that the Minister responsible for minerals in South Africa will consult BaKgatla on the issue of Mining Charter.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has also made an undertaking to hold consultative meetings with the peoples of North West Province to address their grievances. Kubu, Pheto and Kgafela urged BaKgatla to use the opportunity to air their grievances to the president. Above everything else, Kgafela II has managed to triumph over his adversaries.

This was clearly evident by the overwhelming support the Kgothakgothe received from members of the royal family both in Moruleng and Mochudi. A sight to behold for many, perhaps a demonstration of unity of purpose, Kgafela II sat at the high table clutching tightly at his royal staff (sceptre) flanked on either side by his uncles, Kgosi Segale Linchwe; Mothibe Linchwe; Morena Mochele; Ramono Linchwe; Rampho Pheto and his representative in Mochudi, Kgosi Bana Sekai, as well as his next of kin, Mmusi and Bakgatla Kgafela.

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Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.

It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.

According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.

Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.

“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.

Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.

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IN GOOD TIMES: The late Matlhogonolo with Simba in good times

Simba Mooketsi Mampori, 31, of Mbalambi allegedly killed his girlfriend in Bontleng, Gaborone and used her blood to scribble a message on the wall.

The message read, ‘Ke lapisitswe ke maaka’- translated to mean ‘I am tired of lies.’ Matlhogonolo Moshashu’s body was found inside his sister’s rented house in Bontleng.Mampori and Moshashu, 34, had a two year-old child together. Mampori allegedly killed her in March 31 by stabbing her with a screw driver, which was found inside the house. In an interview with The Midweek Sun this week, Otilia Kholiya, one of the tenants in the yard, said that she arrived on that fateful Sunday to find a yellow tape surrounding the yard with the police all over the place.

She said that she was the one who helped with cleaning. “He used her blood and wrote ‘Ke lapile ke maaka.’ I washed all the blood in the house by myself. Although police officers suspect that he used the screw driver they found in the house to kill her, I beg to differ. “That blood was just too much, it must have been something bigger,” she said, adding that they found a new dress that the deceased was going to wear to Mampori’s sister’s baby shower.

Another tenant Nicah Mandefu said that the house belonged to Mampori’s sister and that she rarely slept there and preferred her parents’place in Gaborone. She stated that she saw Mampori with his girlfriend arrive on Saturday around 4pm. “I don’t know him much because the house belongs to his sister. He probably just needed it for the weekend to spend time with his girlfriend who was staying and working outside Gaborone.

“They just greeted me and another tenant as we were sitting in front of our house. They stayed for 30 minutes and left. They would come again around 7pm,” she said. Mandefu said it was the first time she saw the deceased.

Mandefu said that Mampori’s sister arrived on Sunday around 9am, found her house locked and asked about his whereabouts. “She then told me that the lady he was with was actually his girlfriend and mother of his child,” she said. After some time, the sister returned to tell them that she received a report to say Mampori was found in Mmankgodi where he had tried to hang himself on a tree after killing Mashashu.

Upon failing to kill himself, he drove off recklessly at high speed, thus catching the attention of the police who stopped and charged him with reckless driving. “The police then noticed that he was not well as he had bruises from trying to kill himself. He could not even speak to the police but wrote down his mother’s phone number and gave them the keys to the sister’s house.

“They then took him to Thamaga Primary Hospital to be attended for his wounds on the neck, and later the police called his family and finally drove together to Bontleng where they found his girlfriend dead inside the sister’s house,” the neighbour tenant narrated to The Midweek Sun.

Serial killer
According to Botswana Police Service Deputy Public Relations Senior Superintendent Near Bagali, Mampori is also linked to another murder that occurred on 26 March in Gaborone in which a 39-year old woman from Molepolole was found with stab wounds.

At the time of his arrest, Mampori was awaiting trial for two murder cases committed in Mahalapye and Gaborone in 2016 and 2017 respectively. The deceased were his girlfriends. He was arraigned before Extension 2 Magistrate Court last Wednesday. He is incarcerated and expected back in court on April 17.

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