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Mugabe delivers moving eulogy as Masire laid to rest

Masire a true comrade in struggle, says Mugabe and Nujoma Kanye, Botswana| BOPA |  The late former Botswana President, Sir Ketumile Masire has been hailed as an asset to Southern Africa, and that he will always be cherished for his selfless contribution to the socio-economic and political development of the region. Delivering a …

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Botswana bans export of donkey products

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP |  Botswana’s government has moved to crack down on the multi-billion dollar trade in donkey skins following a spate of killings of the animals across the country fuelled by soaring demand from China. Export licences for donkeys and their products have been suspended indefinitely, the Ministry …

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Sir Ketumile Masire State Funeral today

Botswana’s third President Festus Mogae has described Sir Ketumile’s leadership as “democratic to a fault.” Former President Mogae described Sir Ketumile Masire, Botswana’s second post-independence leader who died last week, as humble, considerate and very humorous. “His obsession was farming and food production,” he said at a memorial service to …

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LIVE: Botswana’s Masire lying in state today

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP |  The body of Sir Ketumile Masire, Botswana’s second post-independence leader who passed away aged 91 on Thursday, is lying in state at the country’s parliament in Gabarone today. It will give ordinary Batswana a chance to pay their last respects to their former leader, ahead …

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Tributes pour in for Botswana’s Sir Ketumile Masire

Politicians from at home and abroad led the tributes as Botswana mourned the passing of former President Sir Ketumile Masire. “He had the charisma, people would come and follow his rallies. This man had the gift of the gab,”  said former Speaker of the National Assembly Margaret Nasha. That charisma, combined …

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Botswana ex-president turned peacemaker Masire dies

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP | Sir Ketumile Masire, Botswana’s second post-independence leader who is largely credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, has died, an aide said Friday. He was 91. One of Africa’s most respected elder statesmen, he was known for leading regional peace efforts in …

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Ketumile Masire, Botswana icon who led Mozambique peace efforts

 Botswana’s former president Masire, who led Mozambique peace efforts, dies Gaborone, Botswana | AFP | Botswana’s former president Sir Ketumile Masire, the southern African country’s second post-independence leader and who led efforts to bring peace to Mozambique, has died aged 91, an aide said on Friday. Masire had been heavily involved …

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Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

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 …

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Strong 6.5-magnitude quake strikes Botswana

Washington, United States | AFP | A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck the southern African nation of Botswana on Monday, US seismologists said. The epicenter of the quake, which hit at 7:40 pm (1740 GMT), was located 238 kilometers (about 150 miles) northwest of the capital Gaborone, the …

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