24 April 2019

Botswana: Make Bayeyi Chieftainship Hereditary - VP

Gumare — The Bayeyi of Gumare have been told to have a clear Bogosi line of succession from one family to avoid protests.

Speaking at the official opening of the Wayeyi Cultural Festival recently, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane said that way Bogosi would belong to a specific family thereby reducing challenges of appointing successors.

The Bayeyi were celebrating their third anniversary as a recognised tribe and that of the appointment of their leader, Kgosi Jacob Seidisa.

Mr Tsogwane said the recognition of the tribe was one of the milestones that government has reached towards the attainment of unity in diversity as well as equality before the law.

"Government strives to achieve peaceful co-existence of all tribes, while each has space for self-actualisation and self-determination," he said.

Wthin the nation, Vice President Tsogwane said, it was important to eliminate lack of understanding of each other's culture since ignorance normally yielded intolerance and a sense of rejection.

He therefore emphasised the need to have events such as the Wayeyi Cultural Festival to open doors to discover one another, appreciate one another's language and culture and live together in harmony.

"This calls for a shared value for diversity in moving our nation forward. Our diverse cultures make us united as a nation with a common vision for economic prosperity and peace," said Mr Tsogwane.

He noted that government viewed cultural diversity as good for democracy, for it provided choice and equal treatment to all citizens.

Vice President Tsogwane also said cultural diversity was good for education, peace building, social justice and social cohesion.

He said government desired to ensure that every culture represented in Botswana contributed to democracy, education, social justice, and cultural tourism and the development of cultural industries to create jobs, engage the youth and to diversify the country's economy.

Mr Tsgowane encouraged Bayeyi to continue to reach out with every aspect of their culture such as food, clothing, artefacts, values, traditions, song and dance as well as poetry to develop and impart it to younger generations and utilise it for job creation.

The Wayeyi Cultural Festival was graced by the Bayeyi of Namibia, something which Mr Tsogwane said was crucial for diplomatic relations.

He said when two countries were home to the same people, it was easier to forge cordial diplomatic relations between them.

Meanwhile the Bayeyi of Gumare have pleaded with government to make Kgosi Seidisa a member of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi.

Source : BOPA

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