MESSAGE of condolences continue to pour in for former Botswana’s late president, Sir Ketumile Masire who died on Thursday last week. Botswana vice president, Mokgweetsi Masisi and president, Ian Khama paid homage to Masire.
He passed on last week Thursday after undergoing a surgery at a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana.
Masire’s body is lying in state at the country’s parliament, and Batswana are paying their respects.
“Masire’s contribution to the struggle for stability of the region cannot go unnoticed. He offered refuge to many freedom fighters in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region during his tenure as president, and his country was sometimes attacked by apartheid South Africa, where scores of people were killed, including Batswana,” Masisi said.
North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo will also attend Masire’s funeral.
Mahumapelo has described Masire as one of the greatest and humble leaders Botswana has ever had.
“We convey our heartfelt condolences to the Masire family and the people of Botswana for the loss of this great yet humble leader who contributed significantly to the progress that Botswana enjoys today. I salute Sir Ketumile Masire for his visionary leadership during his tenure as President of Botswana,” Mahumapelo said.
Masire will be buried at his home village in Kanye on Thursday.