source: Republic of Botswana (4/7/10) TAUTONA TIMES no 10 of 2010
The Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
"Democracy, Development, Dignity, Discipline and Delivery"
C5) 30/6/10: H.E. the President's Condolence Message to the family of the Late Prof. Thomas Tlou:
Dear Mrs Tlou,
I learnt with great sadness and sorrow of news of the passing away of your husband Professor Thomas Tlou.
With his passing on, our nation has lost one of its distinguished statesman and scholar. Besides being a world renowned academic, Professor Tlou was indeed, one of the pioneers of post colonial African historical studies. He also served this nation in various capacities.
He was the first Motswana Vice Chancellor of our University. His contributions also notably included representing Botswana at the United Nations where he played a crucial role in mobilising consensus on such critical issues as Namibia’s right to independence.
In this hour of sorrow I wish to take this opportunity on behalf of the government and people of Botswana and on my own behalf to offer our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
May his soul rest in peace.
[Signed] Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA