Khama should desist from dirty campaigns

As former president Ian Khama commemorated his 71st birthday this week Tuesday, we joined hordes of his supporters to wish him well as a statesman in the merrymaking.

However, as a newspaper, we want to raise few disquiets for the umpteenth time with Khama, of course, and remind him that the country that he is robustly de-campaigning is now feeling the pain of his harm. Batswana need Khama to use his conservationist credentials to good use and benefit a country that is working so hard to achieve the high-income status by diversifying its economy away from diamond reliance.

Khama has played his part unobstructed during his tenure as Vice President and later President for 20 continuous years. Now, he has to let the incumbent State President Mokgweetsi Masisi, whom he fought so hard to install, to do his duties uninterrupted. As skirmishes between Khama and Masisi continue to unfold, we want to take this opportunity to remind the former president that if there is anything problematic about Masisi, he should know best that he (Khama) brought all the troubles upon himself. Khama has been enthusiastically de-campaigning his own country as he did in his latest trips to the United Kingdom and other destinations. Going forward, this might have debilitating effects on our diamond-reliant economy as it happened previously. Our former president has been lobbying lawmakers to impose a ban on Botswana’s trophy hunting.

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