Kgosi Tawana Moremi’s regiment, Matsaakgang is planning a friendly meeting with Bakgatla ba ga Kgafela chief Kgafela Kgafela in Moruleng, South Africa in the first quarter of 2015.
The regiment has rallied behind Tawana Moremi following insults hurled at him during a Botswana Democratic Party rally in Maun in the run up to the recent general elections.
The group which has emerged more militant that ever has recently opened a fully fledged office at Maun’s Central business district, with the aim of handling matters that concern Batawana in general and Tawana Moremi in particular. Matsaakgang regiment Secretary Chippa Mohiemang told Sunday Standard that they intend to go to Mochudi where they will request to have a meeting with Kgafela’s uncles and probably his regiment of Mangana, so that they may be allowed to cross to Moruleng to meet Kgosi Kgafela for talks.
“We have always seen Bakgatla as a very well organised tribe ÔÇô a tribe which has always stood by its chief and supported him in times of need. We want to emulate that, which is why we want to see him and talk to him in person. Although we are still at the initial planning stage, our intention is to take Tawana on board if he is willing”, he said.
Mohiemang says the regiment will also visit the Bangwaketse capital in Kanye for a “very brief” meeting with the royals with regard to Alec Seametso. “We want this to be official, so we will probably go there and tell them we have decided to step back and that it is up to them to call him to order. Mohiemang also disclosed that a delegation from Batawana royal family is also set to go to Serowe to meet their counterparts with the aim to reconcile the two tribes.
“As you might be aware, there has been a noticeable rift between Tawana and Khama. Mind you, the two are close relatives, so our wish is to see them shaking hands and burying the hatchet. We are worried that the strained relation between the two cousins might spiral out of control. We hope that our plan will bear fruits”, he said.