Former Botswana President Ian Khama says he feels safe in South Africa, may never return to Botswana

Former Botswana President Ian Khama says he feels safe in South Africa, may never return to Botswana

Former Botswana President Ian Khama says he feels safe in South Africa and at this stage believes he will never go back to Botswana.

He says several members of his family have fled the country as they were harassed by the current government.

Attempts to get comment from the Botswana government have so far not been successful.

Khama spoke exclusively to the SABC about his fears of going back to Botswana.

“My family, they have been carrying out illegal detentions of a number of people in the country and there are about 18. Of that 18, 13 of us are outside Botswana at this moment in time. Two of my brothers, one of their wives was locked up detained few weeks ago.”

NO FUGITIVE

Khama has denied he’s a fugitive and says he’s not running away from justice in his home country. He’s charged with the unlawful possession of firearms in Botswana.

He has since described the charges as trumped up and part of the persecution he has suffered at the hands of Botswana.

Khama maintains that all his firearms are licensed.

“This whole thing about the weapons, the weapons that I have are looked after by the intelligence service of the country who provide me (with) protection. They put them away, they keep a record of them (and) they renew their license. So, isn’t it so ridiculous that the same organisation whose personnel look after my weapons are the same ones who want to charge me for having those weapons?”

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  1. My heart goes out to Mr. Khama. After serving Botswana so diligently and devotedly for so many years, he should be honored by Botswana in perpetuity. He might have taken his family’s prestige for granted, and not realized the wicked undercurrent of envy that very likely is at the heart of his persecution. It appears that he might have exacerbated envy by innocently attempting to maintain continuity and momentum in some of his key projects. A holy, well-qualified, self-confident, deserving, and grateful successor would not have been threatened by this, but it appears that Mr. Khama’s efforts to continue to maintain a nexus and serve in meaningful ways were not tolerated, much less appreciated. For a man who made many sacrifices in his personal life to service his beloved country to be treated so ungratefully now casts a serious shadow on the heart of all of Botswana. Obviously Mr. Khama pledged his life to Botswana during and after his official service out of a genuine love for his country. I have admired his unpretentious service for years. The citizenry of Botswana needs to find a way to fix this courageously. Not to do so will only invite more widespread oppression. Mr. Khama is a man who has spoken truth eloquently and truthfully, at Oxford and in other venues. So why are we so afraid of the truth? If Mr. Khama is guilty of anything, it is his naivete’ about the wicked nature of humanity, even in high places. Someone should have warned him that many who find their way to leadership positions are often superficial, wicked, and utterly disloyal, even toward the very people who have mentored them to the top. I know: I have suffered similarly. God be with Mr. Khama.

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