The village of Rasesa, some ten kilometers west of Mochudi is in the news again. The first time when it hit the headlines was when the retired headman, Letshwenyo Rasesa refused to receive in full view of the public, the man Deputy Kgosi Sekai had brought to work at the Rasesa kgotla. The man, Kagiso Moccury Buisanyang had just been appointed as head man and was due to understudy Letshwenyo Rasesa and ultimately succeed. By that time Letshwenyo Rasesa had already detected malice in the appointment of Buisanyang. The second was last December or November when Sekai introduced Buisanyang at the kgotla where a large number of Rasesa residents walked out of the meeting in protest. Sekai was left with a handful of people who it appeared were Buisanyang’s supporters.
The third time was in December when the High Court in Gaborone interdicted Buisanyang from discharging the duties of the kgosi pending conclusion of the case. The fourth and last was when the High Court dethroned Businyanang. Since then, the post has been declared vacant. It must be filled without delay. The Bogosi Act states that in the event both the kgosi and deputy are unable to perform their duties, the most senior person in the village must convene a tribal meeting for the villagers to agree on a successor. I think this law applies to small villages as well. There has been inactivity at Morema, Rapilane and Rakgamanyana wards in Mochudi because residents have been unable to agree on the choice of successors. Rasesa can’t afford to remain without a leader indefinitely. It has been without a headman since the historic Gaborone High Court order. The order was delivered in a packed court room mid-March. A bus and private vehicles transported the community to Gaborone for the occasion. Many more remained behind preparing lunch for those who had gone to Gaborone to be their eyes and ears.
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