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Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

Masire was hospitalised on 18 June and his health status had been the subject of much speculation. He died in the night of June 22.

Sir Ketumile Masire  🇧🇼

Born: July 23, 1925, Kanye, Botswana 🇧🇼
Died: June 22, 2017

Sir Ketumile Masire, who was Botswana’s second President, has died aged 91. He had been hospitalised in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit at Bokomoso Hospital since June 18.

The Board of Trustees of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation (SKMF) issued a statement last night announcing his death.

Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, GCMG (born 23 July 1925 in Kanye, Botswana) is the second President of Botswana for the Botswana Democratic Party from 1980 to 1998. (source wikipedia)

He stepped down and was succeeded by the then Vice-President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, who became the third President of Botswana.

Prior to this, he was a leading figure in the independence movement and then the new government, and played a crucial role in facilitating and protecting Botswana’s steady financial growth and development.

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Since his retirement in 1998 Sir Ketumile Masire has been involved in numerous diplomatic initiatives in a number of African countries, including Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana and Swaziland. Between 1998 and 2000 he served as Chairman of the International Panel of Eminent Personalities Investigating the Circumstances Surrounding the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, and between 2000 – 2003 was the facilitator for the Inter-Congolese National Dialogue, which had the objective of bringing about a new political dispensation for the Democratic Republic of Congo, in terms of the Lusaka Ceasefire Accord.

In 2007, Sir Ketumile Masire set up the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation to promote the social and economic well being of the society of Botswana.

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STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SIR QUETT KETUMILE JONI MASIRE / Co – Founder & Patron of SKMF.
The Board of Trustees of the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation (SKMF) and the Masire family wish to inform all friends and supporters of SKMF of the passing on of Rre. He died peacefully at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family at 2210hrs on 22 June 2017.
We thank well-wishers and friends from near and far, for their prayers, thoughts and comforting messages of support during this difficult time.
Rest in Peace Sir Q

 

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10 comments

  1. Rest in Peace Son of the Soil.

  2. omwa waga rraarona orobale kakagiso,sepe fela seretlaaselebalang kawena Rraetsho,Modimo omogowena bogolo gona lerona baresetseng,retlhagolele mookane yoo kopele jaaka ele tlwaelo Maila,oretlhagoletse gale resale banana gompieno reethwesa ditlhako……….

  3. RIP my beloved former president, you really a humble and honestly leader we had,,,we were blessed to have had you in life….RIP.

  4. Setlhako Twiimone

    RIP my beloved former president, you really a humble and honestly leader we had,,,we were blessed to have had you in life….RIP.

  5. RIP RAA RONA

  6. President Masire was a true Diplomat and worked hard
    for the best growth of Botswana during his tenure and after retirement too.
    I had the great previlege in accompanying him in his Presidential flight as Engineer on board between 1992 to 1997.
    Rest in piece, Sir.

  7. A true father of the rising nation who inspired many of his people including myself has left this world. A true father who led the country with finesse and integrity MHSRIP.

  8. RIP my beloved former president, friend. You were really a humble and honestly leader we had,,,we were blessed to have had you in life…I personally became your friend through assisting at your ranch (Kojane Ranch) and we joked, laughed. it was a joyous moment for me. You visited my office on 8th June 2017, and you passed jokes, which I feel you were saying Goodbye to me…RIP. May your soul REST IN PEACE MY PRESIDENT, MY FRIEND…Tshwenyego Elias Malesela (Friend)

  9. O RE DIRETSE KA BOTSWA PELO.LORATO LE TETLANYO.RIP SIR

  10. You took the baton from our founding father Sir Seretse Goitsebeng Maphiri Khama and ran the race with zeal and energy and we won the race in the midst of all the atrocities of apartheid era. RIP Sir QKJ.

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