WATCH: Mogae vents his frustration with Khama


Speaking at the African Leadership Forum on July 31 in Dar es Salaam, former president Festus Mogae accused Khama's administration of disrespecting the rule of law.

Asked regarding criticising incumbent presidents Mogae said; "In my country for example, we are regressing. The problem is if you criticize your successor, people think you want to rule from the grave.

We were a small country that ran an open economy and open society. But our present government has expelled over 2000 foreign professionals over the last six years.

When I was president I would have invited you to a debate, anywhere, anytime in Botswana anywhere my views, accept yours and challenging those with which i did not agree. I was able to do that with Mbeki, with Obasanjo, and President Mukapa here... In my country, however, I did my best endeavour, by passing laws and so on. What is happening is that the present regime does not respect the rule of law: it is inward looking. We have prospered in the past because we used professionals from all countries including Tanzania..and we trained our people in south Africa, and in Nigeria, and in Ghana."

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