Zambia’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Botswana Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Tembo has sent his message of condolences to the people of Botswana on the untimely death of Sir Ketumile Quett Masire and has described the former President as a visionary.
Brig. Gen. Tembo said Africa had lost a great son of the soil whose efforts in fostering social, economic and political development on the continent will fondly be remembered.
He noted that President Masire was a towering figure in the region that had helped advance great ties between Zambia and Botswana in many spheres of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
“He was a visionary, a man whose contribution to the development of the African continent will fondly be remembered. As we join you in mourning the departed, we pray that the Lord Almighty grants solace and strength to the family of the late President” he said.
He further extolled President Masire’s contribution to Botswana’s liberation movement and its subsequent Independence in 1966.
“I wish to convey, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Zambia, our deepest condolences to the people of the Republic of Botswana” Brig. Gen. Tembo noted down in the book of condolences.
President Masire led Botswana as its second post-independence Head of State from 1980 until stepping down 1998.
He passed away at Bokamoso hospital in Gaborone late on Thursday and a three (3) day national mourning has since been declared.