Friday, October 30, 2020

END OF AN ERA

Multitudes of mourners among them President Festus Mogae, former President Sir Ketumile Masire, Chief Justice Julian Nganunu, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Balopi, current members of parliament and retired ones attended the funeral of Dr Kenneth Koma in his home village in Mahalapye. Dr. Koma who died last week was hailed as a humble and sincere politician who put the interests of ordinary Batswana above his.

Koma?s friend and co-founder of the Botswana National Front, Klaas Motshidisi said had it not been of Koma?s wisdom, fortitude and determination to teach Batswana the importance of political independence, the BNF would never have grown into the party it later became. Motshidisi said although Koma was immensely educated he remained close to ordinary people. Speaker after speaker said it would be difficult to fill the void left by the departure of Koma.

?We should however draw solace from the fact that like a great teacher he was, Dr Koma bequeathed the nation with a number of books and publications to which we can refer even in his absence,? said Lemogang Ntime. Ntime has been Koma?s loyal lieutenant from the late 1960?s.

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