The Secretariat of the All Africa Students Union (AASU) is deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Sir Ketumle Masire, the former president of Botswana.  Sir Masire proved beyond doubt his statesmanship capability; love for Africa and for a peaceful and just world. He took over the reign of his country after the death of President Sesetse Khama in 1980 until he voluntarily stepped down in 1998.

Under his stewardship, Botswana was largely credited to be a beacon of stability and good governance- a reference in Africa. He was deeply involved in the efforts to end violence between the Government of Mozambique and the Renamo Party in his role as co-chair of an International Group of Mediators. He, also, helped to resolve political crises in Kenya and Lesotho after leaving office.

The leadership qualities of Sir Masire, his selflessness and commitment to promote peace and the overall advancement of Africa are worthy for emulation by all.

The AASU-Secretariat extends its deepest sympathies to his family, the people and government of Botswana. May his soul rest in peace!



Peter Kwasi KODJIE

Secretary General