Botswana president does something African leaders rarely do: quits


In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni has been in office since 1986. In Rwanda, President Paul Kagame recently won a third term, after the two-term limit was ditched. In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe hung on for nearly four decades until last year when the military forced him out. All claimed that their citizens would not let them leave office.

Khama’s exit preserves the legacy of his father, Seretse Khama, who struggled for his country’s independence from Britain and became the first president in 1966, ushering in more than 50 years of multiparty democracy.

Ian Khama, then Deputy Chief of the Botswana Army, taking the salute at celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Botswana independence in 1982.

Ian Khama, then Deputy Chief of the Botswana Army, taking the salute at celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Botswana independence in 1982.

Photo: Camera Press

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