CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
FORMER President Kenneth Kaunda has described late Botswana President Ketumile Masire, who died in Gaborone on
Thursday, as a great freedom fighter and nation builder.
And former President Rupiah Banda says President Masire was a gifted and committed statesman whose dedication to Africa will forever be remembered.
Dr Kaunda said besides working for Botswana’s independence and its stable development, the late president worked tirelessly for the region, Africa and the whole world.
He said this when he signed a book of condolence at the Botswana High Commission in Lusaka yesterday.
“Comrade Masire was a very listening person. He contributed a lot of ideas and showed great respect for his fellow human beings in whatever situation they were in. He truly loved his neighbour from wherever they were,” said Dr Kaunda.
And Mr Banda, who is in Botswana on behalf of President Lungu to pay his last respects to late President Masire, urged the current crop of African leaders to emulate the exceptional leadership qualities and values of the late leader.
“He was an extremely well educated person, very articulate and great thinker. He and our President Kaunda were the brains behind this, all of us who came behind them looked up to them for guidance as to how we organise ourselves,” he said.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by first secretary for press at the Zambian High Commission in Botswana, Kasabo Kalussa.
Mr Banda said the late made immense contribution to international bodies such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).