University of Zimbabwe Dean of Social Studies and author Professor Claude Mararike has hailed the late second president of the Republic of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire, for the role he played during the liberation struggles of South Africa and Namibia.

He paid tribute to Sir Ketumile for following in the path of the likes of Tanzania’s founding president Julius Nyerere, Mozambique’s Samora Machel and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia who allowed liberation movements to establish rear bases in their territories.

Sir Ketumile died in a Gaborone hospital last Thursday.

He was 91.

As an elder statesman he was involved in mediation efforts across Africa, including Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sir Ketumile was also chair of the international panel of eminent personalities which investigated the 1994 Rwanda genocide.