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Setlhomo Masisi among democratic stalwrts

Although great people die like everyone else, their great deeds never die as they remain behind to be enjoyed by those who lived among them.

It is not surprising that the unveiling of the tombstone of the late former Member of Parliament for Moshupa, Mr Edison Masisi, the father of the  current Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi was a moment to pay tribute to his contribution to present day Botswana.

Speaking at the  unveiling ceremony on December 29, former vice president, Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe said the family decided to erect the tombstones because of the close bond that the family had.

Dr Kedikilwe said during Mr Masisi’s era it was a time when racial discrimination was at its peak in South Africa and was a threat to national security. Dr Kedikilwe said the occasion provided an opportunity to pay tribute to those who had contributed in making the country a peace loving one.

He said the hostility and obstacles that Mr Masisi faced must have contributed to their remarkably strong marriage and their determination to work for the country.

He said Botswana stood as a beacon of hope for Africa because of the good governance established by mr Masisi and other ruling BDP colleagues.

He said his diligence, commitment and patience was a wise leadership and good governance which is here as an example today. He added that it symbolised the strength and capability that he possessed.

The former vice president commended the Masisi family for keeping their late father’s name alive. He said the initiative would go a long way in enhancing the status of the family in the country in their fight for recognition.

He praised Mr Masisi for the BDP’s survival during those days when new political parties were erupting like mushrooms. He said he made roads and schools in his constituency through consultation.

Another speaker, former president, Sir Ketumile Masire said the ceremony provided an opportunity for elderly people to take stock of their lives and see if they were walking in the footsteps of those before them in so far as fulfilling their roles as parents.

He said they were living in a time when parenthood was losing its footing yet their parents have left behind them a legacy which they must strive to maintain.

Mr Masisi started his primary school education at Moshupa and completed at Kanye before proceeding to Tiger Kloof in South Africa for secondary education and professional training as a teacher. He joined the BDP in 1964.

He won the Moshupa seat in the first election of 1965. He was appointed Assistant Minister of Agriculture and later in the Ministry of Health.

Mr Masisi was elected deputy speaker in 1989 until 1993 when he was reappointed to cabinet as Assistant Minister of Finance and Development Planning. Mr Masisi was born on 31 March 1921 to Mr Jimmy Ketshoketswe Masisi and Ms Mpusetseng Kesenye both of Moshupa. He was the second born and first son.

He died in 2003. Other attendants at the ceremony were the Speaker of National Assembly, Ms Gladys Kokorwe, former Minister of Education, Dr Gaositwe Chiepe, cabinet ministers, dikgosi and friends. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Tshiamiso Mosetlha

Location : MOSHUPA

Event : Tombstone unveiling

Date : Jan 04 Mon,2016

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