THE BOTSWANA flag will fly half-mast as they lay to rest their former President Sir Ketumile Joni Quett Masire.
He will be buried at his home Kanye today, next to his wife, according to the family.
His body was laid at the country’s Parliament for public viewing on Wednesday, and thousands of mourners came in numbers to bid farewell to the man they revered so much and spoke highly of.
“An academic, educator, father, firm believer of democracy,” were some of the superlatives used to describe the fallen gallant.
At his State funeral, dignitaries such SA former President Thabo Mbeki, Zim’s Robert Mugabe, former Mozambique president Armando Guebuza, former OAU secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim and former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa, are in attendance.
Sir Masire is praised for promoting the social and economic well-being of Botswana during his 18-year reign.
He’s also credited for bringing stability to that country.
The firm believer in agriculture, Sir Masire died this week at the Gaborone hospital at age 91.
Robalang ka ntho madi a tshologe boo Masire. Pula!