President Ian Khama of Botswana This kind of week wrapped up a national “farewell tour” before he stands down on Saturday in a power transfer designed to stress his statesmanship along with the country’s stability.
Khama has visited all of Botswana’s 57 constituencies since December, bidding a long goodbye to a population of just 2.2 million after serving the constitutional maximum of 10 years in office.
He will be succeeded by Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi, a full 18 months before elections.
Khama’s two terms in power have been defined by his country’s rapid development thanks to lucrative diamond along with beef exports along with by a reputation for not bad governance.
He has also become renowned for straight talking — breaking with diplomatic convention to criticise leaders including US President Donald Trump along with then-president Robert Mugabe in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
On Tuesday, his tour finished in his ancestral village of Serowe inside the east of the country, using a day of songs, poems, gifts, ululation along with pleading for him to remain in office.
Thousands of jubilant villagers dressed in blue, white along with black, gathered in a kgotla, a traditional courtyard, to hear Khama speak.
“I was a soldier, I didn’t have interest to join politics, I had future plans, away through politics,” he told the crowd, adding which his predecessor Festus Mogae had to persuade him to take over in 2008.