My dear Mdala … You are a beautiful soul who taught us the importance of family, humility, hard-work and integrity. You always took time to engage with each one of us and made us feel like ours was the only relationship that mattered. You have been there for the ups, the downs and everything in between and it is safe to say, we would be nothing without you and Mme. When your dear companion and life partner Mme passed away, you continued to be the supportive father we’ve always known you to be regardless of the pain and loss I know you felt. This helped us draw from your strength. Overwhelming amounts of condolences have poured in from all over the world and so much has been said about you this past week… Quett the teacher, journalist, politician and friend. This outpouring of love and support for you and the family has been most humbling. You have left your mark. Your legacy runs very deep, a legacy of exceeding expectations, perseverance and peace and that legacy is Botswana’s story. Your life, work and wisdom stretched well beyond Botswana's borders to uplift the entire continent. Your legacy shall forever be with all of us. I take comfort in knowing you lived a full and happy life.
Thank you for all the life lessons you have given us. You have set many excellent examples for my siblings and I. Your encouragement for me is the reason why I am where I am. You respected Mme and showed us never to settle for less than we deserve. You also taught us the value of good honest hard work. I don't think there is a greater person on this earth than you and I’ll most likely never meet another person as kind, loving, or supportive as you have been to me. My life has a huge void that can’t be filled. I will simply have to find ways to cope with it for my sake and most importantly for your sake. I promise to honour your life and legacy… You were my true friend and magnificent mentor. You will forever live in our hearts. I am comforted and strengthened by the memories that I have of those quite moments we shared. One thing for sure, I’ll need to train my car not to automatically drive to your house and when you are not there to look for you at the office. Robala ka kagiso Mdala special. Namane e khukhwa ya ga Mma Quett. I thank you for being you.
*Matshidiso Masire is the last born of Sir Ketumile’s six children