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His Majesty KIng Letsie III has on behalf of Lesotho and Basotho conveyed heartfelt condolences and deepest commiseration to the government of Botswana and members of the bereaved family of Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire.

In his message, His Majesty said that Basotho have learnt with shock and sorrow about the passing on of Sir Masire who is reported to have died last Thursday night at Bokamoso Hospital in Botswana capital city.

He said, the passing away of our father and elder statesman is a big loss not only for the people of Botswana but to the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and the African continent''.

His Majesty noted that the eminent son of Africa will be remembered as one of the architects of the economic and democratic stability of Botswana while the region and Africa will remain ever indebted to him for his involvement in the independence struggles and for the valuable mediation efforts he has made including in Lesotho, where he served as SADC Mediator from 2007 to 2009.

He therefore asked God to give President of Botswana Lt. Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama strength as he leads Botswana at this difficult time and wishing the soul of Sir Masire to rest in eternal peace.

Meanwhile the newly inaugurated Prime Minister of Lesotho, Dr Motsoahae Thabane also passed his condolences to the government of Botswana for the passing away of Sir Masire.

Dr Thabane said the late Former President was a distinguished son of Africa who will be remembered for his towering leadership which turned Botswana into an economic and democratic success story in Africa.

He will also be remembered for his involvement in the independence struggles in the region and for the valuable contribution that he has made in peace initiatives across Africa, Lesotho included.

Sir Masire, who died at the age of 91, is reported to have died 'peacefully' and surrounded by family members at a hospital in Gaborone, Botswana last Thursday night. Reports showed that he had been critically ill.

He was Botswana's second president and was in office from 1980 to 1998. 


Source: LENA 26/06/2017

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