The withdrawal of the North West Provincial Government’s recognition of Jubilee Moiloa as an acting Kgosi and announcement of the appointment of Kgosi Israel Keobusitse Moiloa as Senior Traditional Leader of Bahurutshe Ba Ga Moiloa Boo Ramotshere was greeted with ululations in Mahikeng on Tuesday.
“Our confidence in the Premier and government has not been betrayed. The commission was meticulous in its work and left no stone unturned,” said an elder member of the Monneng Royal Family Phuthegang Moiloa.
Announcing the decision on nine investigations that were concluded by the Provincial Committee of the Commission on Traditional Leadership Disputes and Claims, MEC for Finance Paul Sebegoe on behalf of Premier Thandi Modise expressed optimism that the decisions will pave a way for unity and stability within affected traditional councils and appealed for cooperation and a focus on accelerating development.
Premier Modise’s report highlighted that the commission had established that the chieftainship of Bahurutshe ba ga Moiloa is determined by birth and not election by the tribe (Morafe) and that any matter relating to Bogosi of Bahurutshe Ba Ga Moiloa is decided by the Royal House (Serobe).
It also highlighted that the commission had further established that Kgosi Monnaamere Godfrey was installed by the royal house as he was the most senior of the senior royal house as opposed to allegations made by part of the royal family members that are in support of Charles Moiloa claiming that Godfrey was installed by the erstwhile Bophuthatswana regime rather than Serobe.
From the Commission’s report, Premier Modise had established that Israel Keobusitse Moiloa is the first born son of Godfrey Monnamere and therefore the rightful heir and not Charles Tebogo Moiloa.
After the visit to Kanye and Lobatse in Botswana, the Commission had established that allegations by Charles to be the son of Ramotshere were null and void, as there was no documentary proof in that regard.
MEC Sebegoe and MEC for Local Government & Traditional Affairs, Manketsi Tlhape assured the parties that Premier will in terms of section 13(4) of North West Traditional Leadership and Governance Act 2 of 2005 issue a recognition certificate to the new Kgosi.