GOBABIS: It appears as if the appointing of a successor for the late Batswana ba Namibia Traditional Authority Chief, Constance Letang Kgosiemang could turn out to be a drawn-out process.
Kgosiemang died after a cardiac arrest last month at his home village of Netso in the Omaheke Region’s Kalahari Constituency, and it has since become apparent that there is no clear-cut successor to the vacant throne.
Nampa has established through reliable sources who are close to the Batswana ba Namibia Traditional Authority that although many in the authority appear to favour one of Kgosiemang’s sons, Andrew Kgosiemang to step into his father’s shoes, it is not yet conclusive.
The young Kgosiemang, who is said to be in his late twenties, had apparently been prepared to take over from his father by attending training and education on traditional matters, allegedly at the behest of his father.
Such training often found him on sporadic training expeditions in South Africa, where he was assisted by various members of the clan to clearly understand matters relating to the chieftaincy, Nampa was informed.
The name of a senior traditional councillor, George Sechogele who is a cousin to the elder Kgosiemang and one of his close lieutenants, has also been thrown into the fray of those to succeed the chief.
Some sources who preferred anonymity for fear of victimisation however said Sechogele was unlikely to be the chosen one, as he was not of the chieftaincy blood lineage.
“We only hear from him that the late Kgosiemang apparently chose him before he died to succeed him, but there is no clear proof on that. All we know about that at the moment is what we hear from him,” said one of the sources.
Sechogele is said to have a large following amongst the community – largely owing to his close ties with the deceased chief.
Information obtained by this agency however suggests that the names of more candidates could come to the fore as time progresses, as both the son and Sechogele have not been officially sanctioned by the traditional authority as possible successors.
The community will convene a meeting on 03 November this year to deliberate on the matter, and hopefully put a lid on the succession issue by coming up with one person for the job.
The traditional authority, already struggling to keep up with an intense row it has been involved in with the Itireleng community of Metsweding village in Epukiro, would want to put the matter to sleep as soon as possible.
Attempts to reach Sechogele and Kgosiemang for comment proved futile.
Constance Kgosiemang was at the helm of the traditional authority since 26 April 1979. As the leader and founder of the now defunct Seoposengwe Party, Kgosiemang was elected to the Constituent Assembly after his party joined the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA). The party, which was founded in 1980, was the sole representative of the Tswana people in Namibia.
Kgosiemang also served in the National Assembly before he retired from active politics.