Botswana: Khama Endorses Masisi

President Ian Khama (file photo).

Gaborone — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama says his successor is capable and the right man for the job as he will take the country to greater heights.

Speaking at his farewell bash hosted by Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) over the weekend, President Khama told democrats that he had hope and trust in Vice President Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi.

He said his trust was premised on the fact that he had worked with him for a long time and had been very supportive of him during his time in office. President Khama expresssed belief that once in office, Mr Masisi would out do himself to maintain and further raise the economic status of the country.

President Khama said it was important for leaders to be cautious and informed when making decisions as their actions could make or break a country. He said mistakes had happened elsewhere in the globe and left untold sufferings and uncertainty within the populace. He therefore adavised Mr Masisi to be always guarded.

President Khama further thanked third President Dr Festus Mogae, who recruited him from the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) in 2007 and made him to join politics though his love and joy still remained with the army.

He hailed democrats for the gifts they showered him with and asked them to remain united, true and focused in all their endeveours. The gifts included a Toyota Land Cruiser double cab and a gas stove from the party women's'wing. Further, Gaborone region gifted the President with a cattle trailer, quad bike, loader trailer and a mobile generator all totaling P169 000.

For his part ,Mr Masisi, who is also the party chairperson said there was love and trust between him and President Khama, a mutual bond which helped them to work together and deliver on their mandate. He said they had traversed the length and breadth of the country together on various missions aimed at improving the livelihood of Batswana.

Mr Masisi, who is also MP for Moshupa/Manyana hailed President Khama for continuing to use the traditional kgotla system for consultation something which he said had earned him love and respect.

Vice President Masisi further noted that President Khama introduced many initiatives which uplifted Batswana from poverty.

The chairperson of the National Women's Wing Ms Dorcus Makgato for her part hailed the President for having signed and ratified the SADC gender protocol as well as coming up with initiatives to uplift women businesses and further signed some laws which protected both women and the girl child.

On the other hand, chairperson of the National Youth Wing Mr Simon Moabi hailed the President for coming up with programmes aimed at empowering the youth.

Representing the council of elders, former cabinet minister Mr Peter Siele said the President was leaving behind 'an admirable legacy' which should be followed.

Source : BOPA

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