Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire has died. He was 91.

Masire died yesterday (Thursday) at a private hospital in Gaborone where he had been admitted to the intensive care unit in a critical condition.

The death was announced by that country’s President Ian Khama in an official statement released on the government’s facebook page.

Masire succeeded Botswana’s first president Sir Seretse Khama in 1980 under the ruling Botswana Democratic Party, and led the country up to 1998 when he relinquished the post to Festus Mogae.

After retirement, he became actively involved in mediation efforts across Africa, and he was the chairperson of the United Nations-led panel investigating the 1994 Rwanda genocide that claimed an estimated 800 000 lives.

President Khama has announced three days of mourning beginning today up to the day of burial on Sunday.