MOSHUPA: As President Ian Khama commenced his tour to bid the nation farewell at Bakgatla-ba-ga-Mmanaana in Moshupa he announced his commitment to continue championing charity work through the housing appeal, which he initiated when he took over the office in 2008.
Khama whose 10-year term as the country's President comes to an end on March 31, 2018 began his tour at Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisiís constituency and home village. The ceremony, held at the village's main Kgotla, was attended by multitudes.
In his farewell message, Khama said although he is leaving office, he would continue the housing appeal. He stated that the housing appeal would lose the tag President's Housing Appeal since he would not the president anymore, but would be continued under a new name to be announced soon.
"Bagaetsho, I am retiring from office as the President soon. I started to serve this nation a while ago as a police officer, then minister, Vice President and then I became President," he said.
Khama said though he would have a lot on his hands, which include being a patron of many associations and performing his duties as Kgosikgolo, he would continue to assist the destitutes by building houses for them to improve their lives.
Moreover, he stated that he would continue to serve as the Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) Chancellor.
"The Cabinet has also elected me to be the 2036 champion. I will still be
Khama reiterated that Masisi would make a good president when he assumes office on April 1, 2018. He said he does not regret choosing him as his successor and future President of the country. He said given another time, he would still choose Masisi to succeed him as he has proven to be very intelligent and possesses humility with vast knowledge of political, cultural and governance issues. He urged the community to continue supporting Masisi, as he would be leaving his constituency to serve the nation.
Meanwhile the community, including Vice President Masisi, showered Khama with gifts that included cattle of different breeds, sheep, goats and pigs while others made different pledges. Many speakers said Khama leaves a legacy, which they wish the incoming President would uphold and grow.