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Hikuama furious at Autlwetse over Bayei recognition matter

Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kgotla Autlwetse says government has no plans to provide a kgotla for the Bayei tribe nor pay their paramount chief a salary.

Autlwetse was responding to a parliamentary question by Ngami legislator, Caterpillar Hikuama, who has since expressed disappointment at the Ministry’s stance.

Hikuama feels the response demonstrates how ‘rude and reckless’ the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) can be.

In a brief interview, the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) man told Okavango Voice that Autlwetse’s response suggests he could not care less about the rights and concerns of the Bayei people.

In Parliament, Hikuama had wanted to know the progress made by government in completing the recognition process and when the Bayei paramount chief will receive an office and a salary like the rest of his counterparts in the country.

The debate unfolded as follows:

AUTLWETSE: Mr Speaker, the recognition of Bayei people has been done in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of Bogosi Act of 2008, as they met the criteria outlined thereunder.

The terms and conditions of the recognition of their Kgosi are very specific that, such recognition shall not prejudice the status and operations of the existing tribal administrative structures and hierarchy put in place for effective and efficient delivery of tribal administration services in Botswana.

Further, the recognition does not in any way cause prejudice to any other existing tribal community rights, and or privileges. Gumare Village already has a Kgotla office, therefore, there are no plans to provide yet another Kgotla office.

ASSISTANT MINISTER: Autlwetse

As stated above Mr Speaker, the recognition should not prejudice the status and operations of the existing administration.

There will be no official payment effected as the recognition does not in any way confer rights and privileges that are not otherwise granted and or conferred by any existing law.

HIKUAMA: What was the rationale and purpose for the recognition?

AUTLWETSE: In the body of my answer, I clearly indicated that, Section 3 of Bogosi Act of 2008, which is in the public domain, is the one that actually guided in coming up with this, as well as the judgment of the High Court in this particular case.

HIKUAMA: Then one would be justified to refer to the recognition as fake.

SPEAKER: Are you agreeing now or you are asking the supplementary? What is your supplementary?

HIKUAMA: I am saying, would it be correct for one to say, the recognition was fake in relation to Section 3 of the Bogosi Act?

AUTLWETSE: Mr Speaker, it is very unfortunate because I cannot deal with perceptions or personal opinions.

KENNY KAPINGA (OKAVANGO MP): Honourable Minister, in the absence of any judicial and administrative powers, what does the recognition of the Bayei Chief mean to you?

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT: …(Murmurs)…

SPEAKER: Ke mang yo o sa utlwang? (Did anyone not get what he said?)

AUTLWETSE: Mr Speaker, that is what Bayei actually wanted, they wanted recognition and they have been recognised as a tribe in Botswana.

If they are not satisfied with that recognition, it is entirely upon them to take it further. I cannot tell them what to do.

HONOURABLE MEMBERS: …(Murmurs)…

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Franco to perform three sets at his ‘Fill up show’

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Celebrated rhumba artist, Franco, says he will perform at least three sets at his much anticipated fill up show slated for April 4 at the National stadium.

Franco-born Frank Lesokwane- held a press briefing this morning to confirm the show dubbed ‘Soul fill up’.

His first appearance on stage has been scheduled for 8 PM, followed by another midnight stunner and last performance at 4 am.

It has also been said that on the day it will be an all-local line up, though the line up is yet to be finalised.

Speaking at the event, one of the show organisers, Kabelo Oanthata, emphasized that the event is a one man show. “Essentially the event is about the man himself Franco. His performance will take attendants down memory lane through his 17 albums. Of course he cannot be on stage all night long so he will have supporting local acts,” Oanthata explained.

For his part, Franco said he had always had a vision of one day hosting an event of this magnitude and that it is long overdue. “The day has finally come for me to call upon all Batswana to witness for the first time on stage, music that I have been releasing since day one. I am not much of a speaker so I will let my performance do it for me on stage.”

The man who has been trending for the past two weeks ever since the announcement of the event further stressed: “I will fill up that stadium. It will happen, I have survived so much in my life including food poisoning, so I will get through this too and it will happen.”

Tickets for the event start going on sale from Monday with early bird tickets going for P 100, general tickets 150, double P 270 and VIP P 800.

BIG NEWS: Soul Fill Up press conference

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Dj Trapp set to make her mark

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Dj Trapp set to make her mark

Local female DJ, Laone Moemisi Ledimo – known in the music industry as DJ Trapp – plans to give back to the community.

The Maun-born DJ, who turns 29 today (Friday), recently took to her social media page to announce her charitable intentions.

“This year I’m not really doing anything big but rather wanna give back as my way of saying thank you for the support. So I might need your help in identifying the rightful family or a charity home I can donate a few hundred Pulas to,” she posted.

DJ Trapp broke into the music industry last year, featuring at her home village during the Maun Easter Bash.

She has not looked back since, going on to play at Bahama Lounge, Chez Nicolas and Leisure Gardens.

She also starred at the Phikwe Female Invasion Session with DJ Missy.

Despite maintaining that she doesn’t have anything ‘big’ planned for 2020, the hard-working DJ is one of the few already getting gigs in the new year.

“My aim is to grow my brand, not only locally but internationally. I have started getting bookings for this year and will soon share my diary with the public so that they know which dates I am free. I promise not to disappoint,” she told Big Weekend, adding she is available for any booking regardless of Maun’s remoteness to the rest of the country.

To illustrate that point, she revealed some of her bookings are in Tutume.

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