In what is uncharacteristic of him, President Ian Khama attacked the British on the outcome of the recent referendum where they voted to pull out of the European Union (EU). Welcoming Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Khama said that the recent development in the United Kingdom is a clear indication that they can longer learn anything from the British. He said that what is shocking is that some cabinet ministers decided to vote with the opposition on the referendum instead of pushing the agenda of the Prime Minister.
The recent events unfolding in the United Kingdom, according to Khama, are a clear indication that Botswana has nothing to learn from their former coloniser. He said currently the British are confused over the referendum with some calling for another one. “Now you have Scotland which wants to stay in another union and leave another one,” hit out Khama. Khama, however, said the referendum is a good lesson for African Union (AU) countries that before they introduce new developments like the introduction of single currency they need to get the approval from their members.
On his relationship with Kenyatta, Khama said that they both share some common denominators in that they are both fourth presidents of their respective countries. “We are also sons of the founder Presidents of our countries,” said Khama. In his speech, Kenyatta thanked Botswana for her warm hospitality and said that the two countries’ relationship dates back to the time of the founding Presidents Sir Seretse Khama and Jomo Kenyatta - true pan Africanists.