Late Masire an African progressive thinker: NUDO
RUNDU, 25 JUNE (NAMPA) - The National Unity of Democratic Organisation (NUDO) party has described late former Botswana President Ketumile Masire as a “giant of African progressive thinkers”.
In a message of condolences to the people of Botswana and the family of late Masire who died Thursday night, NUDO said he stood out at a time when the whole of southern Africa and beyond Africa was pre-occupied with the struggle for independence.
Spokesperson of NUDO party president, Joseph Kauandenge in a statement sent to the media on Friday said the late Masire was also credited for being the main architect of what has become Africa's most successful economic transitions.
“He was a highly competent technocrat,” NUDO said of Masire, a long serving president who ruled from 1980 to 1998, after the death of Seretse Khama in 1980.
NUDO said late Masire realised that unlimited powers can lead to the danger of dictatorship and thus moved swiftly before his retirement to introduce term limits for all incoming presidents, setting a great example when he retired in 1998.
“He will be fondly remembered by all liberation movements during the difficult times of the early 1960s.”
NUDO said the late Masire was also known by his quote, “I refuse to accept the notion that there are movements that claim to be the only authentic and sole representative movements of the liberation struggle, all people fighting for their liberation are well come in Botswana”.
Born on 23 July 1925, Masire died at the age of 91.