Toteng: People from all walks of life thronged Toteng Village in the Ngami District on Sunday for the burial of Kgosi Kemang Nkakobang, otherwise known as K5 in football circles who passed away on the 11th October 2016 after a long illness. Nkakobang was first appointed as headman of arbitration in 1992, and consequently a chief representative in 2004. He was hailed by many as a people’s person, a disciplinarian and a father figure whose brilliant teachings will always be remembered as he had a unique way of expressing them. Toteng like many areas in Ngami constituency is one of the villages with an variety of tribes and varied cultures such as Babanderu,Batawana,Baherero,to mention but a few which Nkakobang was praised for having been able to lead without discrimination or being tribalistic,something which also earned him a good name.
Speaker after speaker said he kept a flamboyant style, and that working with him was always easy as he was an open minded person even though he was very strict as times. In attendance also was Batawana Senior Chief Representative Kgosi Charles Letsholathebe who said Nkakobang’s demise is not a loss to his people only, but to the nation at large. And for the fact that there are mining activities in Toteng, he is also said to have worked harmoniously with the then Discovery Metals Limited, which gained its name of BOSETO draw from the three villages of Botlhatlogo, Sehithwa and Bodibeng where they operated. It is said that from time to time management at the mine used to consult him to keep him aware as the village elder on whatever upcoming developments or activities at the mine which he was always part of.
One of his friends, Maun businessman and farmer Keloitsang Ledimo described him as a jolly person since their childhood days.
“I was always ahead with the times and therefore knew of whatever planned activities which were to take place in Maun and elsewhere while he used to play the reserved one. His backward conduct made him lag behind on a lot of boyish things as he was slow in adapting to change. Our adolescent years were the most interesting as rural boys seeking attention from the opposite sex particularly. He was this boy who always shied away from doing things, but because of my hyperactive nature then, I made things easier for him. In no time however, we grew to be responsible men who later got married and respected our families and people around us”, said Ledimo amid bouts of laughter from mourners. Kgosi Nkakobang leaves behind his wife, five children and a grandchild.