Johannesburg – Botswana, an African success story of economic growth and political stability, is reeling from the latest political developments which have seen former president Ian Khama resign from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
This is the first such move by a former president in five decades and accusations of using tribal politics to further his own political agenda have been directed at him.
Khama’s dramatic resignation over the weekend was the result of deepening differences with the current administration under President Mokgweetsi Masisi, according to media reports.
The former president went as far as to assert his regrets at appointing Masisi as his successor, adding that his allegiance now lies with the country’s main opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) party.
The two men have fallen out over a number of issues including a reversal by Masisi of some of Khama’s policies including alcohol taxes and the lifting of the controversial ban on elephant hunting.