Gaborone – Former Botswana president Sir Ketumile Masire has died. He was 91.
Reports on Friday indicated that Masire died on Thursday night after he was hospitalised last weekend in a critical condition.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the Botswana government said: "This is to confirm that our beloved Former President Sir Ketumile Quett Joni Masire has passed away. May His Soul Rest in Peace and his family and the nation as a whole be comforted."
Masire was the president of Botswana from 1980 to 1998.
He led various diplomatic initiatives in Africa, including chairing a panel that investigated the 1994 Rwanda genocide, and co-ordinating the Inter-Congolese National Dialogue.