President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana

On 1 April 1998, when Vice-President Festus Mogae succeeded Masire as President, Khama was appointed as the new Vice-President.
Following the victory of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the general election of October 1999, Khama remained Vice-President as well as Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration.
Khama had been backed for the post by President Mogae, and the outcome was viewed as crucial, paving the way for Khama to eventually succeed Mogae as President.
At his swearing-in ceremony in Gaborone, Khama said that there would be continuity in policy and no "radical changes", although he said that "a change in style and special emphasis on a number of issues" might be evident, and he emphasized his commitment to democracy.
Khama is a qualified pilot and attended Sandhurst Military Academy.
True to tradition, Khama is born to rule Botswana", Sapa-AFP (Pretoria News), 1 April 2008.
Botswana: Ian Khama takes parliamentary seat, sworn in as vice-president", SAPA news agency (nl.
Some have criticised the fact that Ian Khama is inheriting his father's mantle, without an election - as parliament appoints the president.
By virtue of his birth, Ian Khama is a paramount chief of the Bamangwato people, the largest ethnic group in Botswana.
Mr Khama was born in 1953 in the UK, where his father, had married an English woman, Ruth Williams.
Their romance scandalised both nations and Seretse Khama was deposed as Bangwato chief and exiled by the British.
Seretse Khama Ian Khama has congratulated Ghana's new President Prof John Evans Atta-Mills.
Seretse Khama Ian Khama has underscored the government's continued commitment to explore more effective and efficient ways of delivering HIV/AIDS treatment.
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When Botswana's Foreign Minister, Phandu Skelemani, tells the world that his mysterious President Ian Khama took the decision to boycott the Sadc Summit in South Africa on account of his "principled stance" on democracy, we are all expected to solemnly believe the glorious rhetoric.
Ian Khama is the son of Sir Seretse Khama and Lady Ruth Williams Khama, a couple which cemented its relations with the British Crown through the bond of matrimony.
Seretse Khama leads the country from 1966 to 1980 and dies in power; gets succeeded by his vice president, Sir Khetumile Quett Masire, who retired in 1998 in a deal that handed over power to Vice President Festus Mogae.
On April 1 2008, Ian Khama was again unilaterally elected to the presidency of Botswana the BDP way, by the very man who appointed him vice president when he was not an elected parliamentarian, Festus Mogae.
When Ian Khama was quietly and awkwardly taking over power in Botswana on April 1, the world did not notice because their eyes were all fixed on the Zimbabwe March 29 election.
Anyway if Khama had a Dr girlfriend, who eventually lost patience witrh him does not disprove the fact that Khama is gay.
IAN KHAMA had a doctor girl friend from Lesotho.
in fact he could have been an example to the rest of the world how nice some gays can be.
comSubject: Khama is GayFri, 05 Sep 2008 20:06:36 • Tisu Vatongi was the first to break the news on TalkZimbabwe that Khama is Gay.
Tendayi Chiro • tchiro@worldonline.
Three years later Khama and his family flew out of England for Botswana when Ian Khama was but a nursery school student.
After stints in a Rhodesian school Ian Khama joined the boarding school of Waterford Kamhlaba in Mbabane, Swaziland.
In 1972 Ian Khama joined the military college of Sandhurst.
Ian Khama was then, the only Motswana to enroll in the military school.
Ian Khama was the commander of the north, an area covering the tumultuous border with Rhodesia.
In the months that followed Khama received pressure from all angles to tender an apology for the death of the teenager.
At that point Ian Khama had become a hero of some sort, seen by some as the embodiment of the BDF heroism against much more developed military forces of the sub-continent.
Like his predecessor Khama was a strict disciplinarian, bordering on the puritanical.
Ian Khama built a team of men from MI, Commando and others from other divisions, who would be the structure on which he would control the army.
Khama was also favoured by the corporate interests at the heart of the BDP's survival; they saw him as someone who was not tainted by personal financial considerations.
In a country where ethnicity and feudal considerations still matter, Ian Khama had the right blood and the right connections.
Khama has at times gotten away with much more than any member of the party could get away with.
Ian Khama has castigated MPs including his own party's, calling them 'vultures' for asking for salary increases when he himself makes a lot more and costs government even more, critics pointed out.
But Ian Khama is no Seretse Khama.
In his own way Ian Khama has gone about organizing the BDP into a party he can lead.
Military men love loyalists and Khama has surrounded himself with loyalists even within the BDP.
As much as a general needs a core of officers unconditionally dedicated to him/her, Khama has shown through his actions that he is ready to protect those most dedicated to him.
In the end, Ntuane and Motswaledi, known members of the Barata-phathi faction, are now but pawns in the chess game that Khama is playing.
Ntuane may be contesting in Gaborone West South, as Khama had decreed, but he is doing so fully as a Khama ally.
At government level Ian Khama was given a free role, as a sort of quasi-Prime Ministerial role.
Khama is a man who likes to follow everything to its last detail, and that's why he likes Intelligence.
Inside the BDP Ian Khama is said to be consolidating his power to further run it the way he would really want: sharp, non-democratic and singularly attentive to his orders, say critics.
Khama is taking over a functioning economy, and he is not expected to do anything different to the overall economic policy.
So instead of a different dish, Khama is expected to offer a different spice to the same dish but even then it is enough to cause consternation within the political and even civil service environment.
In his early twenties, Khama was baptized into the Lutheran church via the London Missionary Society (LMS) along with five of his younger brothers.
Khama was now free to leave his mark on the history of the tribe.
Khama was a charismatic leader, to say the least.
Throughout his life Khama took several wives (each after the death of the former one.
Sheila Khama, a relative of Seretse Khama Ian Khama is the CEO fo DeBeers Botswana the largest mining company in Botswana and part of the largest mineral mining company in the world.
Ian Khama Seretse Khama was later identified by the Botswana Democratic Party as a charismatic fellow who can use his charisma and family track record to further build the party.
Ian Khama Seretse Khama is a great man for this country and I wholly support his endeavours to build our nation.
Vice President Seretse Khama Ian Khama takes over the leadership of Botswana this week and is expected to stay on an economic and political course that has made the country one of Africa's rare success stories.
The country has been a island of stability in a turbulent region and some believe Khama is the candidate to keep the country on the right track.
Seretse Khama Ian Khama was inaugurated as Botswana's President on Tuesday, inheriting a rare political and economic success story on the world's poorest and most unstable continent.
And in any case did Ian Khama get to choose his mother? Khama was a "rabble-rouser" who headed a "tiny country", we were told this week.
var RTR_ArticleBlurb = "By Gordon Bell - Analysis GABORONE (Reuters) - Vice President Seretse Khama Ian Khama takes over the leadership of Botswana this week and is expected to stay on an economic and political course that has made the country one of Africa's rare success.
GABORONE (Reuters) - Vice President Seretse Khama Ian Khama takes over the leadership of Botswana this week and is expected to stay on an economic and political course that has made the country one of Africa's rare success stories.
Seretse Khama Ian Khama was inaugurated as Botswana's President on Tuesday, inheriting a rare political and economic success story.
The 55-year-old Seretse Ian Khama is the son of Botswanas first president, Seretse Khama.
Khama is favored to win presidential elections due next year.
Khama said only democracy can create the favorable conditions needed to fulfill the peoples aspirations and development that takes into account the new challenges of global competition is also needed to raise standards of living.
THE Botswana government of President Ian Seretse Khama was warned by opposition leaders in the country against making derogatory statements about Zimbabwe as the country was a key trading partner with deep friendship roots.
The newly-appointed President Khama has been very vocal in criticizing the Zimbabwean government onits handling of the June 27 run-off election and post election violencein the country.
President Khama is said to have ordered a Member of Parliament, Botsalo Ntuane, to apologise criticizing his BDP government and saying it was going astray.
comSubject: JOJO, KHAMA MAKEKEFri, 08 Aug 2008 00:37:01 • Khama is not bad at all.
Even if Khama is a dictator that does not make Mugabe a saint.
Ian Khama is an ILLEGITIMATE leader.
comSubject: Botswana govt warned against criticizing MugabeThu, 07 Aug 2008 17:05:19 • President Ian Seretse Khama is lashing out against President Mugabe in the hopes that the West will prop him up as the next dictator of Botswana.
President Khama is nothing more than a opportunist, a dictator aspirant, and a f**l.
Khama on Zimbabwe Khama was the first Southern African president to take a hard stance on ZANU PF leader Robert Mugabe.
Khama is the man to lead Botswana.
Khama is a dictator in the making.
Khama has achieved a lot in terms of quiet diplomacy that had ripped Botswana for quite too long.
Presdent Khama is here to safegurad the values and principles of Democracy for which our forefathers established and believed in.
What do presidents who reperesent their countries in foreign meetings do, beside, have a cup of tea and enjoy flush hotels and probably date a secretary? Khama is too busy to busy putting the house in order.
Khama has achieved a lot and the attitude for a happy productive and giving nation is the mood in the air.
Those people who feel Khama is a bother can move to Middle East.
I believe Khama is a great guy, in a way our own Barack Obama as far as race goes.
It was very funny because initially he said: "I believe Khama is a great guy, in a way our own Barack Obama as far as race goes.
Khama is like Barack Obama in terms of race.
In his article in the Sunday Standard of August 31 to September 1 2008, Kenneth Dipholo thinks that President Seretse Khama Ian Khama is a celebrity president.
It is, however, sad that quite often, any person who responds to unfair comment about President Khama is labeled a bootlicker, sycophant and seen as wanting to be the president’s favourite.
President Khama is not the first or the last leader of either the Botswana Democratic Party or this republic.
As the leader of the BDP, President Khama is neither more popular than the party nor bigger than the party.
Khama is a leader of a democratic party and there is absolutely no arbitrariness or dictatorial tendencies in the way decisions are made in the BDP or government.
Seretse Khama found himself banned from his tribal.
But above all, Khama is the son of Botswana.
True to tradition, Khama is born to rule Botswana.
A former lieutenant-general, Khama has come in.
Khama is the son of Botswana's first president, Sir Seretse Khama, and he holds.
Khama is the son of Botswana first's president, Sir Seretse Khama, and holds the rank.
To the best of my knowledge, and this has since been confirmed by sources in Gaborone, Ian Khama is not married, has never been married, does not have a girlfriend, has not been romantically linked to one in his 57 years of bachelorhood, does not have a kid.
Be that as it may, Khama is free to wear a ring on whichever part of his body he likes, the same way he is free to act on EU sanctions in independent Africa, and to discuss hosting the US military force, Africom, against not only Sadc but Africas collective opposition.
Kumbulani says that Khama has also failed to heal factionalism riddling the Botswana Democratic Party.
NEW PRESIDENT: Mr Khama is the son of Botswana’s respected founding president, Sir Seretse Khama.
Ian Khama took over as Botswana’s fourth president on Tuesday, with his people still not sure of what kind of person he is.
Though Mr Khama has been in public life since 1977, when he became the youngest brigadier at 24, he remains an enigma.
In 1998, Mr Khama was plucked from the military by his political mentor and predecessor, Mr Festus Mogae, and appointed vice president.
Then Mr Khama was seen as the messiah who would save the Botswana Democratic Party from incessant infighting and an imminent rout at the 1999 general elections.
Mr Khama was attractive because of the family name, and the fact that he is a paramount chief of the influential Bangwato.
The younger Khama was appointed vice president and entered Parliament when his MP, Roy Blackbeard of Serowe North (now Serowe Northwest), resigned and was appointed Botswana’s High Commissioner to Britain.
Though a paramount chief, Mr Khama has never ruled over his tribe, preferring to leave the job to his uncles to act as regents.
Mr Khama is a nature-loving fitness enthusiast and an ardent soccer fan.
For me Khama was speaking like an elder (motsadi) cautioning about irresponsible journalism, which I also as a media practitioner can see.
Khama was born in the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) in southern Africa, on July 1, 1921.
Moreover, Tshekedi Khama was aware of the possible consequences of a mixed marriage in this exposed territory, overshadowed by its white-supremacist neighbors, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia.
The British government instituted a commission of inquiry to examine the dispute and ascertain whether Khama was "a fit and proper person to discharge the functions of chief.
Malan, the South African prime minister, had expressed bitter opposition to the marriage and had declared that Seretse Khama was prohibited from entering South Africa.
Despite an overwhelming economic dependence on its southern neighbor, Khama had always made clear his abhorrence of apartheid, South Africa's policy of racial apartness.
Khama was reelected to successive terms and remained president of Botswana until his death on July 13, 1980.
Seretse Khama was born in 1921 in Serowe, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate.
In June 1947, Khama met Ruth Williams, an English clerk at Lloyd's of London, and after a year of courtship, married her.
Khama remained president until his death from pancreatic cancer in 1980, when he was succeeded by Vice President Quett Masire.
Khama has recently made headlines for his unflinching position on refusing to recognise President Robert Mugabe's legitimacy after the widely-condemned June presidential election run-off.
Havana, June 19 (acn) Botswanan Vice President Seretse Khama Ian Khama met with Cuban vice presidents of the Council of State Carlos Lage and Esteban Lazo on Tuesday in Havana for a review of bilateral links between the two countries.
Khama is paramount chief of the Bamangwato, Botswana'sbiggest tribe.
comSeretse Khama built Botswanas foundation by not engaging in the politics of tribalism and division.
Botswanas current president, Ian Khama is the son of Botswanas first president, Seretse Khama.
Khama said at his inauguration there would not be anyradical change in the government's policies, which he had alsobeen involved in setting.