Botswana: Remembering Ramokwena


Maun — Batawana Tribal administration authority held a memorial service on Thursday (March 4) at Boseja kgotla to remember and celebrate the life of Kgosi Kegaisamang Ramokwena who died on Sunday at Letsholathebe Memorial hospital.

He would be laid to rest on Saturday 06 March in Maun. Batawana regiment, Kgosi Kealetile Moremi, her deputy Kgosi Bringle Dithapo and Ngamiland district leadership were among the mourners who braced the memorial service.

Speaking at the ceremony, speaker after speaker remembered him with his stylish clothing and many pens he used to carry around which he indicated that each symbolized the books of the Law of Moses in the Bible.

They stated that he was a nation builder who dedicated his life to all irrespective of their status.

Speakers described him as a well-balanced individual and a Godly man who did not tolerate unacceptable behaviour.

The late Kgosi Ramokwena, they said was not intimidated by anyone even political leaders or public servants, saying he was a straight talker..

His confidence and bravery, they said saw, him representing Batawana on different capacities and succeeding in everything they pleaded for.

His friend, Kgosi Kebonyetsala Fish of Nokaneng village in the Okavango sub-district who was also his colleague at Ntlo ya Dikgosi narrated that the deceased led a respectful life and even played an advisory role and guidance even at Ntlo ya Dikgosi.

He said Kgosi Ramokwena liked to see people living happily noting that he learned a lot from him more so that he was passionate about rearing of livestock.

Kgosi Fish said he was so kind and had encouraging words to say whenever it was necessary. He said he was a devoted Christian who always ended his conversation with the word of God.

A representative from Dikgosana Association, Kgosi Gadibintshe Saudu of Tsanakona appreciated the good works by the late Kgosi Ramokwena noting that he was one of the founders of the association.

He said he advocated for the interests and welfare of headmen (dikgosana) and achieved his dream of registering the association and a cooperative named Bogosi SACOS which focused on savings and investing.

He said currently the association owned mall complexes in Molepolole.

Kgosi Saudu said they were proud as he left a solid foundation as he also introduced a funeral scheme in the association and a member is covered with P20 000.

“Bagaetsho, Moruti Ramokwena e ne ele mogaka wa bagaka ka jaana a re diretse go tlala ka diatla. Re ka bua ka ene go le gontsi mmaba ke nako,” he added.

He stated that Kgosi Ramokwena believed that prayer was the most powerful weapon in every situation and always advised them to turn their eyes unto God.

Boseja South area councillor, Mr Itumeleng Kelebetseng stated that Kgosi Ramokwena was welcoming and and always wanted perfection in every community activity. He wished people could learn to tell the truth in order to leave a free and happy life.

Source: Botswana Daily News