Merafhe True Statesman – Molale

| January 15, 2015

The late former vice president, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe has been praised for living a life of purpose.

Speaking during the memorial service held at the National Stadium in Gaborone on anuary 13, the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale hailed Lt Gen. Merafhe as a true statesman.

Mr Molale said Lt Gen. Merafhe always exhibited unquestionable commitment to work and commitment in executing his responsibilities with agility and promptness. “He was a man who was driven by the desire to see his country grow into greater heights, he was steadfast and meticulous,” said Mr Molale.

He pointed out that Lt Gen. Merafhe worked hard for the country and was counted among the founding fathers of the nation. Mr Molale said as a founding father, Lt Gen. Merafhe’s ultimate aim was to take Botswana into a future where it would be counted amongst the best, saying for that reason, Botswana was respected in the community of nations.

Mr Molale also described Lt Gen. Merafhe as a builder not by vocation but in spirit, adding that as founding fathers, they were not blinded by the desire for self-enrichment.

He said for that reason Lt Gen. Merafhe rose through the ranks over the years from a police Constable to Deputy Commissioner of Police to founding Commander of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF).

He said it was at the BDF that he moulded and developed the world’s most disciplined and professional army, became a politician and then one of the longest serving Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the world, saying it was in itself a mark of excellence.

He said in cabinet Lt Gen. Merafhe was affectionately called a stabiliser, as he was a humble straight talker. Mr Molale said he was quick to provide guidance and leadership without hesitation, adding that he believed in consultation. He said Lt Gen. Merafhe has left a legacy for both the country and the international scene.

For his part, the Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr Carter Morupisi also hailed Lt Gen. Merafhe’s contribution to the development of Botswana. Mr Morupisi said his excellent performance attracted the highest level of recognition as he was awarded Naledi ya Botswana.

In attendance was former president, Sir Ketumile Masire, former first lady, Ms Barbara Mogae, ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and senior government officials. Lt Gen. Merafhe will be laid to rest at his home village of Serowe on Saturday January 17.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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