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Ex-Botswana President Ian Khama worried about legacy and country

Botswana’s former president, Ian Khama, has vowed not to rest until stability in his country is restored, according to local media houses in the Southern African country.
Former Botswana President Ian Khama says his predecessor President Mokgweetsi Masisi was undoing his legacy on human rights and protection of the environment, warning that “we just can’t allow that to happen, by any means.”
Khama, who stepped down last year after serving two five-year terms, said he did not recognise Masisi, his vice president for four years, in Masisi, the fifth President of Botswana.
Under Khama’s presidency, Botswana had been hailed for being a stable democracy.
However, the situation has recently destabilised under President Mokgweetsi Masisi ahead of the country’s general elections, set to take place in October.
At the centre of this instability has been political bickering between Masisi and Khama, who has publicly pronounced his support for ex-foreign minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi to contest Masisi for the presidency of the governing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
The BDP will hold its elective congress in May where, for the first time, the party’s presidency will be contested.
Botswana has historically been the most politically stable country in the region, with orderly transitions between BDP leaders since Khama’s father, Seretse Khama, became the first president after colonial rule in 1966.
In February Botswana’s opposition has warned that the dispute between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor Ian Khama was damaging the country’s reputation within the international community. Alliance for Progressives secretary general Phenyo Butale raised the red flag on Monday, warning the careless use of words by both Masisi and Khama was feeding a growing international sentiment that “our country is on the verge of complete paralysis of its democratic institutions in general.”

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