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Mokgweetsi Masisi

Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi (born 21 July 1961) is the fifth and current President of Botswana, serving since 2018. He has also served as Minister of Education since 2014, and previously he was Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration from 2011 to 2014. He was first elected to Parliament in 2009.[2][3][4]

Mokgweetsi Masisi
Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana.jpg
Masisi in 2018
5th President of Botswana
Assumed office
1 April 2018
Vice PresidentSlumber Tsogwane
Preceded byIan Khama
Chairman of the Botswana Democratic Party
In office
1 April 2017 – 4 April 2018
Preceded byIan Khama
Succeeded bySlumber Tsogwane
8th Vice President of Botswana
In office
12 November 2014 – 1 April 2018
PresidentIan Khama
Preceded byPonatshego Kedikilwe
Succeeded bySlumber Tsogwane
Member of Parliament for
Moshupa / Manyana
In office
2009 – 1 April 2018
PresidentIan Khama
Preceded byMaitlhoko Mooka
Succeeded byKarabo Gare
Personal details
Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi

(1961-07-21) 21 July 1961 (age 58)
Moshupa, Bechuanaland
(now Botswana)
Political partyBotswana Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Neo Masisi
ResidenceState House
Alma materUniversity of Botswana
Florida State University

President Mokgweetsi Masisi was returned to power in the October 2019 election.[5]

Life and careerEdit

Mokgweetsi Masisi is the son of Edison Masisi (1923–2003), the long-time MP for Moshupa and many-time cabinet member. The younger Masisi grew up in Gaborone, attending Thornhill Primary School and Maru A Pula School. In school he competed in soccer and tennis, but ultimately found acting to be his calling. In 1984 he won acclaim for his portrayal of the lead role in a Gaborone production of Cry the Beloved Country, and was praised by the visiting Alan Paton for his performance. During the 1980s he starred in numerous theatrical productions, and also had roles in South African B-Movies.

During the 1980s Masisi became a high school social studies teacher for several years after graduating from the University of Botswana in 1984 in English and History. He then taught at Mmanaana Secondary School in 1984 in Moshupa village before moving on to the University of Botswana in 1987 as a curriculum development specialist. In 1989 he went to Florida State University to obtain a Master's degree in Education, following which he was employed by UNICEF in Botswana.

In 2002 Masisi married Neo Maswabi, an accountant who later worked for the United Nations in New York City and in Addis Ababa. They have a daughter.[6]

Masisi unsuccessfully sought the nomination of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to stand in Moshupa constituency in the 2004 general election[citation needed] However, he obtained the BDP nomination for the same seat prior to the 2009 general election and won the seat. He was promptly appointed as Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration in October 2009. After a little more than a year as an assistant minister, he was appointed as Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration in January 2011. Masisi became Minister of Education and Skills Development in an acting capacity in April 2014; he was re-elected to his seat in Parliament in October 2014, and he was appointed as Minister of Education and Skills Development on 28 October 2014.

Masisi was appointed by President Ian Khama as Vice President of Botswana on 12 November 2014 while remaining in his post as Minister of Education. On April 1, 2018, he was sworn in as the 5th President of Botswana, he is now the current president of the Republic of Botswana.

President Khama appointed Masisi as the Chancellor of the University of Botswana on 5 July 2017. The appointment, which was in consonance with Section 7 of the University of Botswana Act of 2008, was for a period of five years. It followed the death of former President Quett Masire, who served as the Chancellor until he died on 22 June 2017.[7]


  1. ^ "Republic of Botswana - Government portal". Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ Guardian, INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, Botswana. "Who is Botswana's new President Mokgweetsi Masisi?". The M&G Online. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Welle (, Deutsche. "Botswana: Mokgweetsi Masisi takes over presidency amid opposition resurgence | DW | 31.03.2018". DW.COM. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Botswana inaugurates new president Masisi in smooth handover". France 24. Apr 1, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
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  6. ^ "Staff corner - Profile" (PDF). UN Staff Voice. No. 6. June 2018. pp. 36–39. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  7. ^ Online Editor (6 July 2017). "Vice President Masisi appointed UB Chancellor". University of Botswana. Retrieved 8 July 2017.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
Political offices
Preceded by
Ponatshego Kedikilwe
Vice President of Botswana
Succeeded by
Slumber Tsogwane
Preceded by
Ian Khama
President of Botswana
Succeeded by