The African Union (AU) mourns with Botswana following the death of former President Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, said a statement released by the pan-African bloc on Friday.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has extended sincere condolences to the family of Masire, the government and people of Botswana on the passing of Masire on Thursday, according to the statement.

Masire was born in 1925, and was the second president of Botswana from 1980 to 1998.

The chairperson has noted with great appreciation that Masire played a critical role in facilitating Botswana’s independence and also hailed the contributions he made in seeking peaceful solutions to challenges in various African countries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/