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Tshelang Masisi passes on

Francistown West MP, Mr Tshelang 'Walter' Masisi has died.

A family spokesperson, retired Brigadier Thulaganyo Masisi, said Mr Tshelang Masisi died early this morning (August 28) at Bokamoso Private Hospital where he was hospitalised since Sunday upon his arrival from a South African medical clinic.

The MP was hospitalised at Bokamoso before being transferred to Milpark Clinic where he underwent surgery, but developed some complications and was subsequently returned home where he went straight to Bokamoso for further medical observation.

Brigadier Masisi said he could see that his elder brother was losing the battle of regaining good health when he went to check on him on Tuesday evening. He, however, confirmed that Mr Masisi died from a stroke.

Meanwhile Brigadier Masisi said funeral arrangements were yet to be announced as family members were still to meet. MP Masisi was on his third term as MP for Francistown West. He was first elected to Parliament in 1999.   During his term, he was member of several committees of Parliament, including the Business Advisory Committee and the Committee of Selection among others. He was also a member of the Pan African Parliament as well as chief whip of the ruling party in Parliament. 

Mr Masisi's long time political friend and MP for Tonota South, Mr Pono Moatlhodi expressed shock on his friend's demise, noting that death had robbed both the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and Batswana in general a committed and hardworking man.

Mr Moatlhodi, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, said he had long known TW, as he was affectionately known by a host of his friends, way back in the 1980’s and even campaigned together in 1984 until the time when Mr Masisi was nominated to council in Francistown in 1989.

He said TW was friendly, frank and humble yet he was not afraid to differ with party elders if he believed he had a genuine point. Mr Moatlhodi noted that this was because TW was open-minded, adding that though he was in a challenging and cosmopolitan constituency, he was able to work with such diverse people.

“I know TW very well and I can even write a book about him. You know we used to run taxis together and he was at one point one of the successful businessmen in Francistown,” said Mr Moatlhodi. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Benjamin Shapi

Location : Gaborone

Event : Death announcement

Date : Aug 28 Wed,2013

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