His Excellency Festus Gontebanye Mogae visits ECSU
Kesha Williams March 30, 2009
The Global Leadership Academy at Elizabeth City State University welcomes His Excellency
Festus Gontebanye Mogae, the former president of Botswana (1998-2008).
The Global Leadership Student Forum, a public event, occurs 2 pm. to 3 p.m. on March
31 in room #138 of Lane Hall.
His Excellency Festus Gontebanye Mogae is the guest speaker for the Chancellor's Distinguished
International Lecture Series at noon on April 1. The event is not open to the public.
An art exhibit will also be on display March 30 - April 4 in the ECSU Art Gallery
in the Fine Arts Center.
Festus Gontebanye Mogae (born August 21, 1939) is a former President of Botswana,
having served from 1998 to 2008. He succeeded Quett Masire as President in 1998 and
was reelected in October 2004; after ten years in office, he stepped down in 2008
and was succeeded by Lieutenant General Ian Khama. Mogae is of Bamangwato descent
and his native language is Setswana. Mogae studied economics in the United Kingdom,
first at the University College, Oxford and then at the University of Sussex. He returned
to Botswana to work as a civil servant before taking up posts with the International
Monetary Fund and the Bank of Botswana. He was Vice-President of Botswana from 1992
Mogae's party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), retained power in the October
1999 general election, and Mogae was sworn in for a five-year term on October 20,
1999 by Chief Justice Julian Nganunu at the National Stadium in Gaborone. On this
occasion, he vowed to focus on the fight against poverty and unemployment. Following
the BDP's victory in the October 2004 general election, Mogae was sworn in for another
term on November 2, 2004. Mogae promised to tackle poverty and unemployment, as well
as the spread of HIV-Aids, which he pledged to stop in Botswana by 2016. On July 14,
2007, Mogae affirmed his intention to resign nine months later.
Mogae was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion d'honneur by French President Nicolas
Sarkozy on March 20, 2008 for his "exemplary leadership" in making Botswana a "model"
of democracy and good governance. He stepped down as President on April 1, 2008 and
was succeeded by Vice-President Ian Khama. Mogae won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement
in African Leadership, and will receive $5 million over 10 years and $200,000 annually
for life thereafter. At London's City Hall on October 20, 2008, former United Nations
Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated: "President Mogae's outstanding leadership has
ensured Botswana's continued stability and prosperity in the face of an HIV/AIDS pandemic
which threatened the future of his country and people."