Tshekedi Khama

Tshekedi Khama

Tshekedi Khama

Tshekedi Khama

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Tshekedi Khama was at the peak of his eventful life when it was decided that this book should be written. A man in his prime is rarely a subject for a biography, but he had reached the end of a long series of controversies, some spectacular, some tedious, and had just achieved substantial advances for the Bamangwato that presaged a new era, so that the story seemed timely.

The idea originated with Tshekedi's legal adviser and friend, Douglas Buchanan, Q.C., who, during a slow and fatal illness, wrote a record of their cases in the hope that 'it might help, in however small a degree, to bring about a better understanding between Europeans and Africans, to the benefit of each and the world as a whole'. Buchanan regarded it as essentially a preliminary work and hoped that Tshekedi himself would one day write fully about his country and his life. But Buchanan died in 1954 before it was completed. In March 1958 his friend, Donald Molteno, Q.C., knowing that I had been associated with Tshekedi since 1951, on behalf of the Buchanan family, asked me to adapt and complete the work. Tshekedi gave the suggestion his blessing in the following terms: 'I of course have no objection at all to your doing something about the MSS. which I learn dear old Douglas wrote about me. I hope it will be possible for you to confer with me before it is published. I merely suggest this in order to see that it is factual. Both you and Douglas are my very great friends and you may be tempted to exaggerate!'

Buchanan, in fact, had not intended Tshekedi to see the work before it was published because he feared that the Chief would disapprove of certain laudatory passages. I was prepared to risk this and arranged with Tshekedi that I should take the first draft out to him in Bechuanaland, where we could work on it together. Early in May 1959 I was ready. The problem . . .

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