Former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire will laid in state on Tuesday in parliament in Gaborone.

Masire passed away last Thursday, aged 91 at a hospital in Gaborone.

People from far and wide will be granted an opportunity to pay their last respects.

Preceding Tuesday’s memorial service will be the lying in state of the former statesman, an internationalist of note.

On Thursday, Masire will be laid to rest at his home village Kanye, next to his late wife.

Dignitaries and heads of states are expected to attend both the memorial and funeral services, while thousands of Batswana are expected to also pay their respects to the late former president.

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– By Itumeleng Kgajane