President Ian Khama has started his tour to bid Batswana and members of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) farewell as he prepares to vacate office next year March 31.
Botswana Guardian has established that Khama has come up with a schedule that will allow him to bid farewell his fellow democrats as their party leader alongside Batswana. He is currently visiting all the regions and the 57 constituencies to bid the BDP members farewell before addressing Kgotla meetings to bid Batswana farewell.
Khama will vacate office on the 31st of March 2018 to pave way for his Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi. This past weekend he addressed BDP members in Machaneng Village before heading for the Maun region. His Kgotla meetings to bid Batswana farewell are scheduled to start on the 14th of December this year at Moshupa-Manyana Constituency.
According to a Savingram from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Permanent Secretary Kebonye Moepeng the tour for Kgotla meetings would be concluded in Serowe on the 23rd of March 2018.
In his last State of the Nation Address in Parliament early this month President Khama expressed confidence that sooner rather than later, the country shall overcome such challenges as unemployment and poverty amongst affected citizens.
He also mentioned that in accordance with the Constitution, “five months from now I shall be passing the baton of leadership of this great country into the very capable hands of His Honour the Vice President. I am confident that with support of members of this House (Parliament) and the nation as a whole the next administration will continue to build on the legacy of progress that was begun under my predecessors”.