Samora Machel Museum tells his story

President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his counterpart Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique at the Launch of Samora Machel Museum PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his counterpart Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique at the Launch of Samora Machel Museum PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

In the past many political refugees from different African countries escaped to Botswana seeking asylum. Amongst them was the first President of Mozambique, Samora Machel.

In honour of such figures, President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi recently ocommissioned the Samora Machel Museum named after the late Mozambican president. The facility is located at Peleng township in Lobatse. The town is in southeastern Botswana, 70 kilometers south of the capital Gaborone, situated in a valley running north towards Gaborone and close to the border with South Africa. Famous struggle icons like South African’s Oliver Reginald Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Mozambique’s Machel fled their respective countries in fear of attacks from the then Apartheid regime and landed in Lobatse where the Kgaboesele family opened their home to the aApartheid era “fugitives” back in the 1960s.

The old house is a traditional old-fashioned structural set-up. Inside the two rooms is a bedroom and sitting room. In the room, there are single beds and three huge metal trunks (potomente) used to store clothing and other important items while the seating room has a dinner table and chairs together with a kitchen unit (raka).

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