Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The late Tshelang Masisi

The Member of Parliament for Francistown West MP, the Honourable Tshelang Walter Masisi passed away.

A family spokesperson, retired Brigadier Thulaganyo Masisi, confirmed that the late MP died early this morning (28/8/13) at Bokamoso Private Hospital where he was hospitalised since Sunday upon his arrival from a South African medical clinic. The MP was hospitalised at Bokamoso before being transferred to Milpark Clinic where he underwent surgery, but developed some complications and was subsequently returned to Bokamoso for further medical observation. Brigadier Masisi said he could see that his elder brother was losing the battle of regaining good health when he went to check on him on Tuesday evening, further confirming that Tselang Masisi ultimately died from a stroke. He further said funeral arrangements were yet to be announced as family members were still to meet.

MP Masisi was on his third term as MP for Francistown West. He was first elected to Parliament in 1999, having previously served on the Francistown City Council. While in Parliament he served member of several committees, including the Business Advisory Committee and the Committee of Selection among others. He was also a member of the Pan African Parliament as well as chief whip of the ruling party in Parliament. Tshelang was also the older brother of the current Member of Parliament for Moshupa, the Honourable Mokgweetsi Masisi, who is also the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration. Born into a political family, Tshelang’s father, the late Setlhomo Edison Masisi, is considered to be one the founding fathers of modern governance in Botswana, having himself served as the MP for Moshupa from 1965-1999, during which time he also served in Cabinet under Sir Seretse Khama and Sir Ketumile Masire.

In an interview with BOPA today, Tshelang Masisi’s long time political friend and MP for Tonota South, the Honourable Pono Moatlhodi, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, expressed shock on his friend’s demise, noting that death had robbed both the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and Batswana in general a committed and hardworking man. The Honourable Moatlhodi said he had known “TW”, as he was affectionately known by a host of his friends, since the 1980’s and that they had campaigned together from 1984. He said TW was friendly, frank and humble yet he was not afraid to differ with party elders if he believed he had a genuine point. Mr Moatlhodi noted that this was because TW was open-minded, adding that though he was in a challenging and cosmopolitan constituency, he was able to work with such diverse people.

“I know TW very well and I can even write a book about him. You know we used to run taxis together and he was at one point one of the successful businessmen in Francistown,” said Mr. Moatlhodi. Rest in Peace “TW”, our prayers are with your family.

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