Academic tips BDP on Khama

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FRANCISTOWN: University of Botswana (UB) academic Dr Zibani Maundeni has advised the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) to discourage Vice President Ian Khama from defending his position as party chairman.

The political science lecturer told Mmegi yesterday that he does not see the wisdom of Khama defending his position when next year he would automatically become party and state president. "What worries me is that next year, Khama would be taking over from (Festus) Mogae yet I don't know why he is not leaving the chairmanship as he is graduating to the presidency," wondered Maundeni.

He advised the BDP to be wary of the possible consequences of co-opting a chairman midstream when Khama becomes president. He said now is the time for the party to elect a chairman. "He may wish to give the position to his choice of VP and in that, it may become problematic to the party with some dissenting voices emerging," he warned.

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