Botswana President Ian Khama has weighed in on President Robert Mugabe’s prolonged leadership in Zimbabwe.
Speaking to reporters, Khama slammed the 92-year-old leader for being responsible for Zimbabwe’s dwindling economy.
He enjoined Mugabe to kindly accept the reality of his advancing years and step down.
The president of the Southern Africa country noted that it’s apparent that Zimbabwe has capable hands that can take over from the advanced leader; who came into power after independence from Britain in 1980.
“They have got plenty of people there who have got good leadership qualities who could take over. It is obvious that at his age and the state Zimbabwe is in; he’s not really able to provide the leadership that could get it out of its predicament,” Khama said.
He lamented that the political and economic implosion in Zimbabwe; which set off since 2000 has forced thousands of helpless Zimbabweans to flee their homes.
President Ian Khama Unhappy With The Number Of Zimbabwean Prisoners In Botswana
In addition, he disclosed that “significant numbers” of Zimbabweans are currently held in Botswana’s jails. This, President Ian Khama said “is a big concern. It is a problem for all of us in the region – and it is a burden. There’s no doubt about that.”
Botswana houses an estimated 100,000 Zimbabweans. The country has been under political and economic pressure following Zimbabwe’s incessant protests.
No doubt, Khama’s comment contradicts an African diplomatic taboo banning criticism of fellow leaders. But he feels that it’s time the old leadership stepped down; as even “10 years leading any kind of organization – not just a country or a government, any organization – is pretty much the maximum”.
Earlier this month, Mugabe’s government placed a ban on all rallies and protests; following several protests calling on Uncle Bob to vacate office as the leader of the Southern African country.
Botswana has emerged as a politically and economically stable country during its 50 years after independence. In fact, the Southern African country’s political structure makes it impossible for political instability.