Mabutsane — Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi has described Kgosi Alfred Thuku as a nation builder who dedicated his life to the upbringing and guiding of not only his biological children but the younger generation in general.
He said this at Kgosi Thuku's memorial service held in Mabutsane on January 10. Kgosi Thuku died on January 3.
Mr Masisi said the deceased was a nation builder as he traveled the length and breadth of Botswana serving the country in different areas.
He said his confidence and bravery saw him representing Batswana on various capacities, and not only his tribespeople.
The Vice President noted that the deceased led a respectful life that earned him a Presidential Certificate of Honour.
He urged the young generation to learn from Kgosi Thuku's good works.
For his part, the chairperson of Ntlo ya Dikgosi Kgosi Puso Gaborone said as one of the founding members of the extended Ntlo ya Dikgosi, Kgosi Thuku and his other elderly colleagues provided guidance in the House.
He said they deliberated on issues with utmost respect and cooperation. He said the deceased was constantly advocating for developments in the Mabutsane areas, especially on issues such as shortage of resources.
He said Kgosi Thuku also advocated for the upgrading of tribal leaders in his area of jurisdiction.
Kgosi Gaborone called on the deceased's children to remember him as a loving person whose character left a legacy as evidenced by all that he did for the nation.
Speaking on behalf of ERP Unity Church, Mr Tshwaro Morubisi described Kgosi Thuku as a straightforward person who wanted things to be done in order.
He said as a marriage officer he encouraged church leaders to get married so that they could be exemplary to the congregation.
He said the deceased was a marriage counselor of repute and helped mend broken marriages.
He also said the deceased was a philanthropist who led by example and encouraged others to help the less privileged.
Kgosi Thuku, who is survived by his wife and four children, will be buried in Mabutsane on Saturday (January 13).
Source : BOPA