April 1, 2018, 7:45pm

On the 1st of April 2018 His Excellency Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi was sworn in as the 5th President of the Republic of Botswana.

Prior to this, he was Botswana’s 8th Vice President, having also served in various Cabinet portfolios. Before becoming a full time politician he had established himself as an educationist.

President Masisi was born in Moshupa on 21st July 1962. He grew up in a household with seven siblings being the fifth son to the late Edison Setlhomo Masisi, who served for many decades as a Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament for Moshupa (1965-99) and Mrs. Precious Masego Masisi.

After attending school at Thornhill and Maru-a-Pula, President Masisi went on to complete his studies at the University of Botswana, where he trained as a teacher majoring in English and History attaining a Diploma in Secondary Education. 

Thereafter, from 1984 he taught at Mmanaana Secondary School in Moshupa, where he was also active in community development initiatives through the Village Extension Team. He was involved in sports, fund raising for development and the PTA 
In 1987 he became Social Studies Curriculum Specialist at the Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation, where he was responsible for supervising Social Studies, Music and Religious and Moral Education.

In 1989 he studied at graduate level at Florida State University, USA, specializing in Social Studies Education and Instructional Systems Design. He attained his MSc from FSU in 1990.