Chief Executive Officers of local parastatals gifted President Ian Khama with a cheque amounting to P60 000 as a token of appreciation during a farewell lunch hosted in his honor in Gaborone on Friday. Presenting the cheque to Khama, the CEO of National Development Bank Lorato Morapedi, said the amount was contributed by all CEOs of local parastatals and a token of appreciation for his leadership. “Your leadership gave us wings to fly,” she said, adding that they will continue to do their best to serve the country. Khama thanked the CEOs for the farewell lunch, adding that gifts he has received so far are a clear indication that a large section of the population want him to retire into farming. He applauded the CEOs and the parastatals they lead for playing an important role in the development of the country.“This celebration will have a lasting impression on my memory. Parastatals are just as important as Government ministries and I have in my Presidency always made sure they are included in all my briefs,” he said. CEO of CEDA Thabo Thamane said what drives them as captains of industry is not blind optimism but because Khama created a conducive environment that made them pregnant with hope for a better Botswana. “Throughout your journey, we have experienced the warmth of your humility, and also that often times, the greatest lessons in life do not come from victory but from defeat (i.e. getting up and starting all over again). Therefore, to remain a good nation that you have created, we must continue to do the business of our mandates for the country," said Thamane.