The nation of Botswana is in mourning following the death of its former President Sir Ketumile Masire who had been hospitalized at Bokomoso Hospital earlier this week. Masire was one of the founders of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in 1961 serving as its 1st secretary general.
Masire became President in 1981 following the death of Seretse Khama (whose life story was portrayed in the “United Kingdom” movie based on the book “Colour Bar” by Susan Williams). Masire who was a highly competent technocrat, also chaired the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and served as vice chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U).
Sir Ketumile Masire also led various diplomatic initiatives in Africa, including chairing a panel that investigated the 1994 Rwanda genocide, and co-ordinating the Inter-Congolese National Dialogue.
His death was announced by the board of Trustees of the Sir Ketumile Foundation which he set up in 2007 in order to promote the social and economic well being of the society of Botswana.