What legacy will Botswana's President Khama leave behind?

Botswana's President, Ian Khama, will be stepping down this week after 10 years in office.

Khama will be automatically succeeded by current vice-president Mokgweetsi Masisi until 2019 when a new government is elected.

Kieno Kammies spoke to executive director at Harvard Centre for African Studies, Obenewa Amponsaha about Khama's ten years as leader.

Botswana is a great example of how to do governance well ... When he came into office in 1998 he ran on five models - democracy, development, discipline, dignity and service delivery.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

I think that Khama has been very innovative, he was worried about the environment degradation, he has looked at how to conserve various animals - wildlife was extremely important to him.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

Long before President Ramaphosa got in on the action, he (Khama) advocated for a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

President Khama has publicly condemned those many African leaders who have shown unwillingness to step down despite their time in office coming to and end.

To hear the rest of the conversation about Botswana's president Ian Khama, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : What legacy will Botswana's President Khama leave behind?


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