Ian Khama thought successor Masisi would be a puppet, says commentator

Former Botswana president Ian Khama over the weekend quit the Botswana Democratic Party.

He cited a breakdown in the relationship between him and his successor, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, and has urged citizens not to vote for the ruling party.

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Africa Report Southern Africa editor Crystal Orderson speaks to Nickolaus Bauer on the Xolani Gwala Show.

The fact that the former president has left the party, he has also been bitter in his critique of Masisi, who was his hand-picked successor.

Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa editor - Africa Report

She says there was an understanding that Khama thought that Masisi was going to be his man by ensuring that the status quo remained.

But Masisi for the past six months showed that actually he is his own person and has reversed some policy changes like the China policy and the elephant banning policy.

Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa editor - Africa Report

She says analysts have been saying that Khama is very bitter and has been working against Masisi since he took power.

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