The Member of Parliament for Kgatleng East, Isaac Mabiletsa, has asked government to engage Bakgatla Kgosi Kgolo Kgafela Kgafela II.
Mabiletsa regretted that Vice President Mompati Merafhe has “failed to live up to the pledge he made to Bakgatla to facilitate dialogue between Bogosi jwa Bakgatla” and President Ian Khama.
“Things are spiralling out of control. I call upon government to unconditionally engage in a dialogue with Bakgatla Bogosi in order to bring an end to this stand-off,” Mabiletsa said, responding to the State of the Nation address in his capacity as the leader of the Botswana National Front in parliament.
There seems to be no end in sight as the paramount chief of Bakgatla finds himself increasingly at loggerheads with the government.
A barrage of letters from the Kgosi Kgolo have found their way to various authorities in government, including the highest office in the land as the paramount chief seems unrelenting in his move to have the constitution of Botswana set aside.
At the same time, he has a case before the courts to answer for charges relating to alleged transgressions he committed in his tribal territory.
“It is common knowledge that His Excellency the President General Ian Khama avoids dialogue with anyone whom he believes holds a divergent view from his,” said Mabiletsa.
The legislator said this was demonstrated during the public sector strike where Khama declined requests to dialogue about the strike from leaders of political parties in and outside parliament, delegation of parliamentary General Assembly and his own Botswana Democratic Party parliamentary delegation.
“This scenario does not promote good image about democracy in Botswana for which Botswana has long been renowned for. There appears to be tension and anger nowadays in Botswana as a result of a Head of State who avoids dialogue with his nation,” said Mabiletsa.
He said the coming in of DIS has made matters worse because the nation does not know who is spying on whom and the fear of tapping of cell phones.