Botswana: Parliament Bids Khama Adieu

President Ian Khama (file photo).

Gaborone — Members of Parliament on March 26 bid adieu to the retiring fourth President Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama at the National Assembly.

In his farewell address, President Khama expressed gratitude to MPs who explained to the public that as he relinquish power as President, he was exercising the Constitutional call to do so.

He, however advised them that they should ensure that what they said and did was done responsibly.

President Khama further reminded MPs that they were in the House to represent electorates.

"It is therefore critical that we set aside partisan politics in order to achieve the advancement and development of this Republic and its people Batswana. These are the values and characteristics that we should uphold to lead Batswana by example," he said.

He commended Ntlo Ya Dikgosi for advancing culture and the leadership roles within communities they led.

President Khama further pleaded with MPs to render all the necessary support to the incoming President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi.

He thanked them for the gifts which include a memorabilia portrait and shares from Botswana Telecommunications Corporation that were presented to him.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Gladys Kokorwe applauded President Khama for his successful completion of the 10-year-term.

She said through the President's Roadmap of 5Ds the nation was guided on its operations going forward.

"As we reminisce the path, we must thank you Sir as that roadmap contributed to continued economic and societal development amidst difficult times of the global recession," she said.

She said President Khama had been accounting to Parliament and to Batswana on yearly basis to provide a status report on the state of the nation without fail, which she said was in compliance to cornerstones of transparency and good governance.

"You have also complied with constitutional probations that relate to oversight on disbursement and use of the country's financial resources through various Appropriations Bills," she said.

Representative of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, deputy chairperson Kgosi Malope II thanked President Khama for supporting the co-existence of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi and Bogosi institution in the modern democratic dispensation during his tenure both as Vice President and President.

"During your tenure, we witnessed significant reforms in Ntlo Ya Dikgosi which include increase of term of office for chairperson and deputy chairperson of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi from one year to two years.

He further said President Khama was keen to interact with communities around the country learning about culture and spending time with dikgosi.

Specially elected MP, Dr Unity Dow said President Khama exemplified qualities of a good leader that they would live to emulate.

"We will remember you for your refusal for late coming. efficient use of time, which we all learnt. Your spirit of giving and generosity to another human being. Your focus and firmness in the face of storms, be it political, social or economic. The calmness of your voice. We will recall these values consciously and non-consciously," she said.

Opposition and Gaborone Central MP, Dr Phenyo Butale expressed gratitude to the retiring President, saying he has helped the nation to aim higher.

"We all know that you have worked with other public servants exerting your leadership roles as leader of defence force, as Vice President and as President of Republic of Botswana," he said.

He said President Khama had always endeavored to challenge them to become a better people.

Source : BOPA

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