Masisi, Khama could cross paths at COP 28

Former president Khama
Former president Khama

President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his predecessor, Ian Khama, could cross paths once again at the 28th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28), the world’s principal climate summit which began in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday.

The last time the two met was in August during the 43rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Angola when the duo shared a brief handshake, a moment which shocked many people. Khama is in self imposed exile in South Africa and has indicated that he won’t come back to Botswana as Masisi and his ‘cronies’ are planning to assassinate him. Khama is facing criminal charges ranging from unlawful possession of a firearm to receiving stolen property. While the two former allies, now arch-rivals, unexpectedly interacted in Angola, the two might bump into each other once again at COP 28.

According to a press statement from the Office of the President, while at COP28, Masisi will join other global leaders in participating in the World Climate Action Summit, which is part of the High-Level meetings for Heads of State and Government. Masisi will also in his capacity as the chairperson for Knowledge and Data for Africa Climate Mobility Flagship Programme, host a high-level segment entitled: “Addressing the Climate Crisis and Human Settlements Nexus in Africa: Preventing further loss and damage from climate impact through technology.” Additionally, Masisi will co-host a high-level event of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), in his capacity as the Global Chair of the Group of LLDCs. Furthermore, Masisi will also deliver a National Statement on Botswana’s Climate Change Agenda and inform on some of the efforts underway to address the impact of climate change in the country. Khama on the other side is in the UAE for the COP28 Business & Philanthropy Climate Forum.

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