3 January 2018

Botswana: Khama Allays Fears

Letlhakane — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama has assured residents of Boteti East that government would abide by the democratic principle of consulting the community and traditional leaders even after his retirement.

President Khama said recently at Letlhakane kgotla that a head of state and government works hand in hand with the people, dikgosi and church leaders towards realising aspired developments.

The community and other organs of the society play a significant role in the development agenda, he added.

He added that having a cordial working relationship with community and political leaders of Boteti Sub-district, most of the planned development projects were achieved. President Khama applauded community leadership, general public and business community for their support during his tenure as the President, adding that without their support, it would have been difficult to attain and raise the status of the country as a democratic state with a stable economy.

However, President Khama explained that despite positive achievements that were realised during his tenure, alcohol abuse remained a challenge. He said despite the fact that P2.6 billion was generated since the inception of the alcohol levy, the battle against its negative consequences was far from over.

President Khama further stressed that his retirement should not be viewed as something negative as his successor, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi would continue to nurture democracy, good governance and tranquility that reigned in Botswana, expressing satisfaction that Botswana did not behave like other countries, where the rule of law was violated for the sake of benefiting certain individuals.

He said it was unfortunate to see head of states in some African countries refusing to relinquish power when their term of office expired. He said some would even go to an extent of amending the constitution in order to extend their stay in office.

Some head of states, he said, would continue postponing the elections claiming unscrupulous practices by their opponents whilw some disqualified their opponents.

"It is very strange to observe that in some countries people are not given an opportunity to elect a government of their preference," he said.

Boteti East Member of Parliament, Mr Sethomo Lelatisitswe applauded President Khama for his dedicated leadership that was focused on developing the people. He said President Khama came into office at a time when the world economy was choking under economic recession, a situation which he said affected the sale of diamonds.

He said despite the challenges of the economy, President Khama initiated programmes that were focused at resuscitating the agriculture sector, which used to be the mainstay of sustaining livelihoods in Botswana. He said President Khama also focused on reviving culture, fighting poverty and improving the lives of the less privileged members of the society.

Source : BOPA

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