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SIR MASIRE LAUDED AS TRUE DEMOCRACY STALWART

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Former President Festus Mogae says the late president Sir Ketumile Masire was instrumental to the formation of democracy in Botswana and the country’s development in its early years.

Speaking yesterday at the inaugural Sir Ketumile Masire Lecture Series, Mogae said Masire’s organizational and managerial skills, were critical to the formation of the National Development Bank, BPC and BDC among key organizations in the country’s development.Mogae said Masire was also central to the formation of the Pula as a currency when the country transitioned from the South African Rand.

He praised the late president for his contribution to peace and security within the region, as he allowed discreet passage of freedom fighters during the apartheid era and was one of the founders of Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC).

The Sir Ketumile Masire Lecture Series aims to facilitate debate to generate knowledge on policy aimed at strengthening regional integration.It was organized by the University of Botswana in partnership with The Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation and the German Embassy.