Opposition slams Khama on international meetings

FRANCISTOWN: Opposition parties have rounded on President Ian Khama for belittling international forums such as the UN and the African Union in remarks to a South African newspaper. Both spokespersons for Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), Moeti Mohwasa and Taolo Lucas of the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) were derisive and scathing in their attacks after Khama branded some international meetings as expensive talk shops that achieve very little.

"You are given seven to 10 minutes to speak and then you come back home, and you say is it worth flying all that way and spending all that money for seven minutes? ... Is it going to make a difference?

And with all those other heads of state speaking, who's listening at the end of the day?" The remarks have earned the wrath of the opposition with Lucas responding that: "Khama lacks sound leadership qualities. How does a state President make such remarks if at all he made them? The President must get his priorities right. He must understand that attending regional and international meetings such as the UN Summit with other leaders is not all about making speeches. Such summits avail Botswana an opportunity to network with other countries. Forums such as the UN Summit also help the country to strengthen its bilateral relations with other nations. Khama should stop being so self-centred," Mohwasa said.

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