21 December 2017

Botswana Democratic

Gumare — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama says Botswana is one of the countries that highly respects its constitution.

Speaking during his farewell kgotla meeting in Gumare, President Khama said according to Botswana Constitution, a President should serve 10 years, noting that by stepping down on March 31, 2018; he would be abiding by the Constitution.

"Even if it was not about the Constitution, it would not be good for a leader to stay for too long in power. We have more than two million people in this country and I believe in this two million, there are people who are capable of leading the country, so we should give one another a chance," he said. He also said Botswana remained the most democratic state in Africa and the country was well respected for that.

On another issue, President Khama encouraged Batswana to have the spirit of Botho and should appreciate and respect one another all the time. The issue of Botho falls within one of the President's 5Ds, which is discipline.

He said as the champion of Vision 2036, after stepping down as President, he would continue to preach the spirit of Botho among Batswana.

President Khama said Batswana should be one family and they should love one another regardless of race, appearance and culture, among others.

He said although there was freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it did not mean that people should insult others on social media or newspapers writing stories that had no truth with intent to defame.

As for the other D of dignity, he said government had uplifted and still continued to uplift the lives of Batswana through programmes such as LIMID, ISPAAD, and Ipelegeng, among others.

He said as government, they never wanted to see any Motswana leaving in abject poverty, hence introduction of the poverty eradication programme.

President Khama also talked about development in terms of infrastructure, agriculture, education, arts and culture and health among others, that Botswana had done tremendously well.

He also promised Gumare residents that construction of hospital in the village would commence in 2019, while the project was still at design stage.

The President also encouraged service providers, especially at government office to mind the turnaround times when assisting the public, saying that clients should not be sent back time and again when they needed assistance.

Meanwhile, Lt Gen Dr Khama said he would continue to render his assistance, where there was need and that he would continue working for the country, but not presidential duties.

"If the area MP wants me to help or advice on something, I will do that. As champion of Vision 2036, I will be working with councillors in their meetings and I am also a patron of arts and culture, Botswana Football Association, Softball and Volley ball, so I will continue working with these people," he said.

As for his initiative of the Presidential Housing Appeal, Lt Gen. Dr Khama said he would continue with soliciting donors to ensure a dignified life for Batswana.

Meanwhile, MP for Ngami commended the President for his visionary leadership, with emphasis on the President's poverty eradication programme initiative, which Mr Thato Kwerepe said had benefited many in his constituency.

He said the President was somebody who liked people and had instilled dignity in many of the households in Ngami through poverty eradication programmes.

Meanwhile, the President received 17 cattle, two Tswana chickens, two bracelets, a wooden bowl and P8 000 in cash.

Source : BOPA

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