Former President of Botswana, Ketumile Masire passes away

Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire

Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire, an instrumental figure in establishing the Southern African country’s image as a stable African democracy, has died in Hospital on Thursday at the Age of 91.

Masire was Botswana’s second president after independence in 1966 and was in office from 1980 to 1998 when he stepped down voluntarily.

Masire had been in intensive care in a Gaborone hospital since last Friday after checking in for surgery.

President Masire died on Thursday.

“He died peacefully at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family,” private secretary Fraser Tlhoiwe said in a statement.