The newly elected Ntlo ya Dikgosi Chairperson Kgosi Puso Gaborone says there is need to follow up government on the implementation of some of the conclusions and recommendations of the report that was submitted by the Joint Advisory Committee of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi and the Botswana Council of Churches on Social Values. The committee was appointed by President Ian Khama in 2008.
Gaborone who was elected for the sixth consecutive time said it was good to see that government has looked into the report and was implementing some of its recommendations but said there is need for the dikgosi to consult government on other pending issues.
Through its wide consultations the Joint Committee identified a wide range of social ills and their causes and subsequently recommended a number of interventions and strategies for addressing them. Cabinet had approved a majority of its recommendations through a Presidential Directive endorsing the White Paper.
The Chairperson of Ntlo ya Dikgosi bemoaned the rampant moral nd social degeneration in Botswana, saying dikgosi and government need to jointly act on them.
Government through the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Edwin Batshu will in the next parliament sitting present a bill to amend the Societies Act as recommended by the joint advisory committee of Ntlo ya Dikgosi and the Botswana Council of Churches on social values.
Among the amendments is the number of people that were required to form a religious organisation, which will move from 10 to 250, this came after a concern on the mushrooming of religious organisations around the country, some of which did not comply with the act.
Meanwhile when accepting his reelection, Kgosi Gaborone indicated that he was humbled by the gesture bestowed on him.
Gaborone also urged other dikgosi to work jointly with government especially with the parliament by providing quality advice and provide constructive debate to bills before they are presented to parliament.
While Kgosi Gaborone was unopposed for the Chairmanship, the tussle was between Lotlaamoreng II, Tshipe Tshipe of Mahalapye region and Oreagetse Machilidza of Boteti region for the Deputy Chairmanship. Kgosi Lotlamoreng II won by 15 votes against Kgosi Tshipe with 11 votes while Kgosi Machilidza got eight votes. All the 34 dikgosi voted and there were no spoilt votes. Tshipe was fighting to retain the position of Deputy Chairperson.
This year has seen some old faces who had been members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi from designated areas in the past but were not re-elected back for a while like Kgosi Oleyo Ledimo of Maun region and Kgosi Lobatse Beslag of New Xade returning to the house.
Other new members include Kgosi Tjazako Munduu of Ngami region Bothatogo main Kgotla, Kgosi Disho Ndhowe of Okavango region Seronga main kgotla, Kgosi Kekailwe M. Tefiso of Ngwaketse West region, Letsaga/Sekomoa, Kgosi Makwa Thebe of Moshupa regionBora /Lekgolobotlo, Kgosi Seate Marumo of Kanye Main Kgotla/Moshana, Kgosi Peter Johane Chika of Chobe regionMain Kgotla/Parakarungu and Kgosi Eric Moipolai of North East Main Kgotla/Matsiloje.