Ex-Botswana President Named African Statesman of 2001

Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's former President, Sir Ketumile Masire has been named African Statesman of the Year 2001 for exceptional leadership qualities.
According to a press release from the office of Masire, who is facilitator of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, he was chosen from a list of five African statesmen.
A spokesperson for the promoters of the award, Ambassador Kapembe Nsingo, said in Gaborone Tuesday that Sir Ketumile won the award for his "exceptional humanitarian efforts and leadership".
Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo will present the award to Masire on 3 November in Abuja, Nsingo said.
Masire said he was "most honoured by the award", jointly organised by The Pan African Broadcasting Heritage and Achievement Awards (PABHA) and Solsan Communication Ventures.
Former South African president, Nelson Mandela was the first African statesman to receive the award last year.

30 october 2001 18:23:00

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