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Title:The challenges of financial responsibility in the tribal administration of Bechuanaland Protectorate, 1919-1966
Authors:Makgala, Christian JohnISNI
Botlhale, Emmanuel
Periodical:African Historical Review
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:indirect rule
local finance
colonial period
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17532520902793262
Abstract:This account of tribal finances in Bechuanaland Protectorate (present-day Botswana) under British colonial rule argues that while the treasury dispensation made the tribes responsible for their finances, it also brought about a new dynamic and challenge in tribal communities as a result of a new monetary and financial system. Little or inadequate remuneration led to low morale, theft, and the employment of incompetent personnel in some instances. The colonial authority needed the chiefs to run tribal affairs and for political stability. As a result, chiefs often escaped unpunished whenever they were involved in peculation of funds. On the other hand, when tribal revenue workers did the same they were harshly dealt with. Efficiency and corruption in the treasury system differed from one area to another and was dependent on the character of the chief in the area. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]