Bostwana’s President bids farewell to power

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President Ian Khama,

Botswana’s President Ian Khama, 65, has wrapped up a nationwide “farewell tour” as he prepares to step down on Saturday after a decade in power, AFP news agency reports.
Mr Khama’s decsion is in sharp contrast to some other African leaders who have tried to change the constitution to extend their rule.
Mr Khama is stepping down 18 months before the next election is due, and will hand power to his deputy, President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
He has toured all of Botswana’s 57 constituencies since December, in a long goodbye to his supporters in a country which has a population of about 2.2 million.
In his ancestral village on Tuesday, he rejected pleas from villagers to remain in office, saying he took office only because his predecessor, Festus Mogae, persuaded him to do so, AFP reports.
“I was a soldier, I didn’t have interest to join politics, I had future plans, away from politics,” he told the crowd of thousands.
He will be succeeded by Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi, a full 18 months before elections.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS

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5 Responses to Bostwana’s President bids farewell to power

  1. Those really good principles worth emulating , un like some leaders who feel they should die in power and when pushed away they cry like babies indeed to everything there is time to start and a time to stop.

    nshilimubemba
    March 30, 2018 at 10:50 am
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  2. in Zambia they about to change the terms of staying in power from 5 to 7 years and planning to bar opponent so that they cannot stand in 2021 without shame coming up with rotten solution.

    boko haramu
    March 31, 2018 at 2:25 am
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  3. Of course! Just see how Botswana is run. Botswana is hundred years in civilized politics ahead of Zambia.

    Blago
    March 31, 2018 at 7:22 am
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  4. Botswana is a fairly well-governed country, certainly better than Zambia. This hits you the moment you arrive. Land-locked, mostly semi-arid, imports a significant quantity of food and a very small population but forging ahead regardless.This is a country to which Zambian professionals have contributed in no small measure.

    Chanchima
    March 31, 2018 at 8:02 am
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  5. THIS IS A TRUE DEMOCRAT. YOU ARE A SHAMELESS LEADER IAN, I WISH OTHER AFRICAN PRESIDENTS CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS MAN. SOME LEADER’S BEHAVE LIKE THE OWN THERE COUNTRIES ONCE ELECTED. BOTSWANA WILL ALWAYS BE A BEACON OF TRUE DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA.

    DEFECTOR
    March 31, 2018 at 9:18 am
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