|January 9, 2002
BOTSWANA: Mosadi Seboko approved Paramount Chief of the Balete
The Botswana Minister of Local Government, Dr Margaret Nasha, has
approved the appointment of Kgosi Mosadi as paramount Chief of the Balete.
Despite protests by traditionalists, Mosadi Seboko was appointed by her
tribes-people, in December 2001, at a well attended kgotla meeting in
Ramotswa, to succeed her late brother, Kgosi Seboko, as Paramount Chief.
Following the approval of her appointment by Minister Nasha, Mosadi Seboko will
become the first female Paramount Chief in the history of Botswana. Mosadi, who
will be sworn in the House of Chiefs on January 28, has already taken up her
official duties. Minister Nasha thanked the Balete "for being progressive and
breaking tradition by allowing a woman to take the reigns of traditional
power." She expressed the hope that other traditional communities will take a
leaf from the Balete for agreeing to a woman assuming the position of Paramount
Chief. (Botswana Gazette)