Festus Mogae

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Festus Mogae
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3rd President of Botswana
In office
1 April 1998 – 1 April 2008
Vice President Ian Khama
Preceded by Quett Masire
Succeeded by Ian Khama
Vice President of Botswana
In office
President Quett Masire
Preceded by Peter Mmusi
Succeeded by Ian Khama
Personal details
Born (1939-08-21) 21 August 1939 (age 77)
Serowe, Bechuanaland
Nationality Motswana
Political party Botswana Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Barbara Mogae
Children 3
Alma mater University College, Oxford
University of Sussex
Profession Economist
Religion Christian

Festus Gontebanye Mogae (born 21 August 1939) is a Motswana politician who served as President of Botswana 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.


Early life[edit]

Mogae studied economics in the United Kingdom, first at University College, Oxford, and then at the University of Sussex.[1] 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 to 1998.


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 20 October 1999[2][3] by Chief Justice Julian Nganunu at the National Stadium in Gaborone.[3] On this occasion, he vowed to focus on the fight against poverty and unemployment.[2]

Following the BDP's victory in the October 2004 general election, Mogae was sworn in for another term on 2 November 2004.[4] Mogae promised to tackle poverty and unemployment, as well as the spread of HIV-AIDS, which he pledged to stop in Botswana by 2016.[5]

On 14 July 2007, Mogae affirmed his intention to resign nine months later.[6] He stepped down as President on 1 April 2008 and was succeeded by Vice-President Ian Khama.


Mogae currently serves as Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Change.[7] In 2010, he joined the advisory board of U.S. nonprofit TeachAIDS.[8] He also currently serves as chairman of the Choppies supermarket group where he earned Pula 529,000 in 2011.[9]

In 2013, along with former President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, Mogae co-chaired a sustainable development symposium, hosted by the UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with Club de Madrid.[10] organization of which Mkapa is also a member.

Personal life[edit]

Festus Mogae is married to Barbara Mogae, and they have three children: Chedza, Nametso and Boikaego.


Mogae was awarded the Grand Cross of the Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 20 March 2008 for his "exemplary leadership" in making Botswana a "model" of democracy and good governance.[11]

Mogae won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, and will receive US$ 5 million over 10 years and US$ 200,000 annually for life thereafter.[12] At London's City Hall on 20 October 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."[13][14]

A Trustee of the Rhodes Trust since 2010,[15] in 2016 Festus Mogae was appointed a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[16]


  1. ^ "Biography of Festus MOGAE". African Success. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "BOTSWANA: Mogae sworn in as president", IRIN, 20 October 1999.
  3. ^ a b "Botswana: Festus Mogae sworn in as president", Radio Botswana (nl.newsbank.com), 20 October 1999.
  4. ^ "Update: Festus Mogae sworn in as president of Botswana", Xinhua (nl.newsbank.com), 2 November 2004.
  5. ^ The Government of Botswana– Vision 2016
  6. ^ "Botswana's Mogae set to retire", AFP (IOL), 15 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General". United Nations. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, joins TeachAIDS Advisory Board". TeachAIDS. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Mosikare, Oarabile (19 October 2012). "Inequality defines Botswana". MmegiOnline. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mkapa, Mogae to chair sustainable development meet". Daily News. Archived from the original on 21 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sarkozy décore le président du Botswana pour sa bonne gouvernance", AFP, 20 March 2008 (French).
  12. ^ "Former Botswana president awarded by Sudanese-born billionaire". Sudan Tribune. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  13. ^ ap.google.com, Former president of Botswana gets leadership prize Archived October 22, 2008, on Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Reuters.com". 
  15. ^ "The Rhodes Trust and Trustees". 
  16. ^ "FESTUS MOGAE (Trustee of the Rhodes Trust)". 
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Mmusi
Vice-President of Botswana
Succeeded by
Ian Khama
Preceded by
Quett Masire
President of Botswana
Succeeded by
Ian Khama
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joaquim Chissano
Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
Succeeded by
Pedro Pires