Botswana: President Consoles Families in Kalamare, Rakops

Kalamare — The President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) members on Thursday, visited the Phatedi family to offer their condolences on the passing of former BDP councilor, Keletso Phatedi.

The deceased passed away on October 14 following a car accident that occurred near Kalamare Junior Secondary School when the campaign van they were travelling in overturned.

In his message of condolences, President Masisi urged the Phatedi family to be comforted because death, though terrifying, was unavoidable.

He said the deceased was a devoted and reliable BDP member who had left a legacy in his party.

Dr Masisi, who was accompanied by the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Nonofo Molefhi, former area MP, Mr Dikgang Makgalemele and BDP campaign manager, Ms Tebelelo Seretse said he found it fitting to visit the Phatedi family, after learning about the loss of their loved one.

He said the deceased served the country well during his tenure as a specially elected councilor and expressed his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the BDP, his family and the nation.

He said Phatedi was a true leader who had the community's interests at heart ,noting that people of Phatedi's calibre were of great importance to the society and therefore their legacy should be continued.

He informed the democrats to vote for the BDP on October 23 because Phatedi had wished to see the party win the election.

Kgosi Godisamang Segotso appreciated the President Masisi's visit, noting that it was a sign of love and compassion. The family also appreciated the gesture,

Earlier, Kalamare council candidate, Mr Moagiemang Mpho told the president that on that fateful day, they were waiting for Phatedi in Kalamare to conduct to house to house campaigns.

He said the van they were traveling in had 12 passengers, two of whom were referred to Princess Marina Hospital with serious injuries but were recovering.

Others were rushed to Mahalapye hospital where they were treated and released.

Mr Phatedi was laid to rest in Kalamare on Saturday.

Meanwhile BOPA reporter, Thandy Tebogo reports that in Rakops President Masisi pleaded with Segaise Family to trust in God that investigations would lead the police to the culprits who took the life of Kgosi Letang Segaise of Rakops.

President Masisi on Saturday visited the Segaise family to deliver a message of condolences.

He said government would do everything to ensure effective investigations as well provide support to the family.

President Masisi pleaded with the family not to go with speculations but to allow the police to do their work.

Son to the deceased, Mr Boletilwe Letang said his father had gone to deliver petrol to someone who had called for assistance because he was stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Mr Letang said the family had many unanswered questions and they wondered what happened to the person who called for assistance as well his driver.

Still in Rakops, President Masisi paid a visit to the family of councilor, Mr Baobonye Loeto of Mopipi who lost a brother, Mike Loeto. He assured them of his support. Family representative, Mr Lentshamang Loeto thanked President Masisi for his kindness.

Source : BOPA

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