Masire who’s Botswana’s longest serving president introduced the two term presidency in 1997, which led to him stepping down in 1998.
BDP secretary general Botsalo Ntuane, says Masire could have clung to power for far more than that, but believed in abilities of other Batswana to lead the nation.
Ntuane says the late statesman was at the forefront of promoting democracy and respect for the rule of law.
“He actually voted himself out of office, when he introduced two term presidency in 1997, and in 1998 he volunteered to step aside from the presidency. So, quite clearly, we are talking about a democrat, a reformist, a constitutionalist.”
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– By Itumeleng Kgajane