Francistown — President Mokgweetsi Masisi recently visited Ms Rosina Mannathoko's family to convey his condolences following her death this week.
The late Ms Mannathoko is former Gaborone mayor and is mother to one-time health minister Ms Joy Phumaphi.
President Masisi said as a leader, it was important that he supported and consoled grieving members of the community on behalf of government and the ruling party.
He said he had fond memories of the late Ms Mannathoko, whom she knew personally because they used to stay on the same street.
Her death, he said, was not only a loss to her family but also to the BDP.
President Masisi said the deceased loved education and left a legacy of educated children citing Ms Phumaphi who represented Botswana abroad as one of the top directors of WHO.
He encouraged the family to have hope and remain steadfast in prayer.
On behalf of the family, Ms Phumaphi hailed President Masisi for showing love and compassion to the nation during difficult times.
She said her mother loved the BDP because she believed it had the interests of Batswana at heart.
Ms Phumaphi her mother could not hide her excitement when President Masisi was inaugurated as Botswana's fifth head of state.
Ms Phumaphi said her mother was ill for a long time and was in and out of hospital until she passed away at Riverside Clinic in Francistown this week.
She requested the president to convey the family's gratitude to MmaTshelang (President Masisi's mother) who was the late MmaMannathoko's close friend.
Born in Gabane in 1930, Ms Mannathoko schooled in Botswana and South Africa and went on to specialise in children's education.
She entered active politics in 1969, was elected a councillor in Gaborone and served as the then town's mayor for five years beginning 1992.
The late Ms Mannathoko will be buried this coming weekend at Gerald Cemetery.
She is survived by four daughters, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
President Masisi was accompanied by Moshupa North councillor Mr Benjamin Mogodi.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>