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President Khama clashes with Masire’s family over burial date

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The family of the late former President of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire has clashed with President Ian Khama over the date of the funeral, Monitor newspaper reported on Monday.The paper quotes former President Festus Mogae as saying that the family had wanted to bury the 91 year-old statesman on 1st June but President Khama insisted that he would be away at the Race for Rhinos event on that date.

The paper further quotes former President Mogae as saying that President Khama had suggested Monday July 3, but Thursday 29 July was the compromise the day.

The government has since announced that former President Masire will be accorded a state burial and a number of international statesmen are expected to grace his funeral.

The Race for the Rhinos event which is scheduled for 29 June to 2nd July 2017 is hosted by the Botswana Tourism Organisation and it normally features President Khama as the main guest.

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