Eight things you should know about Sir Ketumile Masire, former President of Botswana, who died at 91


Sir Ketumile Masire, former President of Botswana, has died at the age of 91 after being admitted in hospital since last Friday in Bokamoso with critical condition. He was reported to have died peacefully at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family at 10:10pm on 22 June 2017.
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      1.      Masire was the country’s second president.

      2.      The deceased was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991.

     3.     The Botsana’s first Vice President after independence in 1966 has been considered as the main architect of what has been one of Africa’s most successful economic transition.

    4.    He replaced President Seretse Khama in 1980 and served as president for 18 years until he voluntarily stepped down in 1998.

     5.      Masire played a leading role in the independence movement and thereafter in the southern Africa countries’ steady financial growth and development.

    6.      He was also the chairman of the International Panel of Eminent Personalities investigating the circumstances of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, from 1998 to 2000.

     7.      He founded the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation in 2007 to promote the social and economic well being of the citizens.

     8.      Masire had been actively involved in numerous diplomatic initiatives, leading efforts to resolve political crises in a number of African countries including Mozambique, DR Congo, Lesotho and Kenya.


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