A few African Heads of States and other prominent figures are expected to attend Sir Ketumile Quett Joni Masire who passed away last week Thursday. The great grandfather to Botswana’s democracy Sir Ketumile Masire died last week Thursday at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family.
Aged 91, the former Botswana statesman had just fallen ill albeit briefly before his untimely demise which sent shockwaves not only in Botswana but left many across the world reeling in shock too. During his time, Masire was a revered statesman, having been instrumental in the facilitation of peace in democracies such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Rwanda as a mediator over the years.
The 91-year-old former Botswana president who hails from Kanye, in the Southern District will be laid to rest in his home village this Thursday (June 29). Currently, the body of Sir Masire is laying in state at the National Assembly (Parliament of Botswana) where multitudes of Batswana, citizens, diplomats and dignitaries have come to pay their last respects.
Masire’s untimely passing has left a void in many people’s hearts including even celebrities, locally and internationally. The former teacher turned farmer ascended into politics decades ago to become Botswana’s vice president from 1966 for 14 years and ultimately taking over the presidency reigns from 1980 till 1998.
For the past few days since his death, many people have expressed their heartfelt condolences via print and broadcast mediums; as well as via new media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #botswanaunplugged compiled a few messages of condolences from a few celebrities who took to their accounts to pay tribute to our fallen hero…
OnealAfrica– Botswana’s radio exports in South Africa.
A remarkable Statesman, he guarded the economy of Botswana for 18 years as the the second President. His legacy remains unmatched both in and outside Botswana. I will always remember him for his razor sharp wit. Rest In Peace Sir Ketumile Quett Masire. O e lole ntwa. God be with your Family at this time. 🙏🏾🙏🏾 🇧🇼
DJ fresh– Metro FM Morning Show host, also expressed his remorse. He reminded millennials that Botswana used to have P1 bank notes
Vee Mampeezy– Botswana’s high-riding musician named Masire as his mentor.
Lerato Mbele– Award-winning journalist with the BBC who has been to Botswana at the Jwaneng diamond mine also described Masire as a true democrat and statesman.
RIP. Ntate Quett Ketumile Masire – an economic visionary, statesman, mediator and gentleman – be with the Angels🇧🇼 pic.twitter.com/nsW2hM0KvI
— Lerato Mbele (@BBCLerato) June 23, 2017
Mpule Kwelagobe-Ambijouy – the former Miss Universe has also shared her loss in Masire’s stature. Masire was one of the dignitaries during the official opening of the Mpule Foundation alongside the late Nelson Mandela a few years ago at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone.
“Sir Quett Ketumile Masire – Father of our Nation, Son of our Soil, a Giant of Africa”
Donald Molosi– just a month ago, Molosi became the first Motswana to have his documentary aired on Zambezi Magic and guess what, the 45-minutes doccie dubbed “We Are All Blue” predominantly features Masire. He described Masire as a friend, mentor and a lover of reading.
We shared a deep love for books. It seems we were always exchanging books. He was my friend and elder. This picture is one of my favorite together. I was having a terrible week, sometime last year, and he decided to take me out to lunch to share wisdom with me. When I was having a hard time with my first book, he wrote a foreword for it. When I launched the same book, he showed up at the event for encouragement. When I did my documentary, he knew how difficult that project was for me and so he granted me an interview with him to boost my spirits and the project. I have learnt a lot from Sir Quett Ketumile Joni Masire and may his soul rest in peace. I will never stop speaking of his goodness, humility, service and legacy. #QKJ
Khumo Kgwaadira– The RB2 presenter has categorized interviewing Masire as the highlight of her career. The two met in 2015 in a build-up show to Botswana Independence dubbed “Our Heroes, Our Pride.”
RIP SIR 🙏🙏🙏🙏 This picture was taken in 2015 when I interviewed you for Our Heroes Our Pride Documentary.This interview was and is my highlight of my entire career.Your sense of humor, wisdom and your love towards young people made you our favorite and We will forever remember you 💔💔💔 Robala ka Kagiso Sir