Controversial chief dethroned

Controversial chief dethroned

MASERU – THE controversial chief of Sekamaneng, Napo Majara, was on Tuesday dethroned and replaced by his firstborn son, Bereng Majara.
Chief Majara’s ouster comes after a disciplinary committee of chiefs found him guilty of a litany of wrongs at a hearing held in his absence.
The chief was accused of beating some of his subjects. He was also alleged to have insulted and refused to serve them when they come to his court.

Residents of villages in his area had complained to the Principal Chief of Ha-Majara, Chieftainess ’Mamolapo Majara for several years.
The complaints also reached the office of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship in 2012 and the then Deputy Minister Selibe Mochoboroane tried but failed to make peace between the chief and his subjects.

In 2015, High Court judge Justice ’Maseforo Mahase convicted Majara of corruptly allocating land. He was fined M10 000.
Chieftainess ’Mamolapo told the Sekamaneng residents on Tuesday that the decision to remove him was made in Majara’s absence because he did not give any reason for not attending the hearing.

Majara has jurisdiction over the villages of Sekamaneng, Koalabata, Rasetimela, Phahameng, Sekhutlong and Ha-Sepinare.
All the villages fall under the Maseru City Council (MCC), except Sekhutlong and Ha-Sepinare.
Counselling the newly appointed Sekamaneng chief, Chieftainess ’Mamolapo said he “should not discriminate against any villager because you are now the hope of the community”.

“You should not think elders are old fashioned as they are the ones who will guide you,” she added.
The Berea District Administrator, Thetso Kome, said everyone is aware of the bad reputation of Sekamaneng.

“Bereng, you should lead these people to greener pastures. We are appointing you at a good time as we are celebrating your grandfather Moshoeshoe’s month, who fought for unity,” Kome said. “You should walk in his footsteps,” he said.

He said land allocation tempts chiefs into accepting bribes and issuing land to people who give them money.
“You should be very sensitive when it comes to land allocation as that is where many chiefs get it wrong,” he added.
“You should also pay attention to the constitution and you will never go wrong,” he said.

One villager, Daniel ’Molotsi, said their place is known for bad things, including killings and other criminal activities.
“We are happy that today the chief has been appointed because we had cried for a long time,” ’Molotsi said.
He also said Bereng should continue to respect everyone like he used to respect his father even when he was wrong.

“Make sure that this place is yours by changing everything that is bothering us as the community,” he added.
The newly appointed Chief Bereng promised to work hard to help every individual living in Sekamaneng.
“We all know where we come from so I am going to work hard with loyalty to bring change,” he said.

Chief Majara was once suspended from his duties due to some malpractices but successfully challenged the decision.
In 1984 he was convicted of culpable homicide for killing his subject Sealemetse Koloko.

Nkheli Liphoto

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