Khama is the son of the former President of Botswana and did not just want to take on the position as an ego trip or to fill his father’s shoes but has undoubtedly proved that he is very much his own man. Botswana has one of the highest standards of living in Sub-Saharan Africa, not only is there prosperity but there is peace, little crime a place where people want to raise their children and the future is bright in this oasis in the middle of the desert. That is the single story that the Khama Administration portrays to the world.
The whole story, however, is that Khama is also half British, he is the son of a British mother and an African father. Some commentators and historians have ascribed to him the same accolades that had been given to Nelson Mandela but he was thought to be on the trajectory to becoming one of the finest on the continent of Africa that was until President Khama did the unthinkable.
The Bushmen are the earliest inhabitants of Sub-Saharan Africa. They live in the Kalahari Desert in present day Botswana. Khama has started a resettlement scheme to resettle the Bushmen to New Xade in western Botswana. His grand plan is to turn these hunters and gatherers into farmers. The Bushmen were told they had to leave the reserve soon after diamonds were discovered in the 1980s, but the Botswana government has repeatedly denied that the illegal and forced evictions of the Kalahari Bushmen in 1997, 2002 and 2005 were due to the rich diamond deposits. The government falsely claims that the Bushmen’s presence in the reserve is “incompatible with wildlife conservation,” while allowing a diamond mine and fracking exploration to go ahead on their land.
President Khama portrays himself as a democratic leader all the while he is abusing and oppressing the local people who he is supposed to protect.
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