The President of Botswana Movement for Democracy, Ndaba Gaolathe, has reacted with anger at the depiction of President Ian Khama in social media with a picture showing him half naked. This is how Gaolathe reacted in a Facebook post: “I perused moments earlier pages of social media to keep myself abreast with the debates and communions of the day, and was struck by a picture that appeared to depict the President of the Republic of Botswana; at least from his face it appeared to be him. The picture shows him almost naked. Whatever are the origins or from whomever the picture emanates, it is most inappropriate, distasteful and is an unfair expression of disapproval or hate towards a human being, whether or not that human being is a head of state or not. This we cannot and must not accept as a nation, as a way of expression, no matter the views we hold about one another.
It is of course public knowledge that the movement of which I am a part believes that Botswana is due for a change of leadership, change in the way we are governed, one that will positively transform and cultivate the fortunes and opportunities for our people. Part of that change should entail the manner in which we hold and respect the sanctity of the human life and dignity. For our victory to be certain, we need to understand that victory is sweet only when it is fair, and is genuinely inspired by the conviction to be a force for good. My faith in our generation is that we will not accept or entertain any form of behaviour that will steal away the power of our vision to transport our country to a culture of bountiful opportunities for all its sons and daughters, especially those who are willing to put in the effort and do so creatively. I am personally sorry that this kind of depiction of the country’s President should have occurred and trust in every citizen to reject this behaviour as one that is alien to all true change agents.”