The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Air Arm Commander Major General Seleka Phatshwane has informed the army’s Squadron Commanders that former President Ian Khama is no longer allowed to fly any BDF aircraft.
In a savingram dated, 24 May 2018, Phatshwane states that “With the retirement of the former President Lt. Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, you are informed that he is no more allowed to fly any BDF aircraft as crew.”
According to Phatshwane, the latest development is in line with “Air Arm Operation standing order no 2 of 2018.” Sunday Standard was unable to establish what the standing order in question entails and whether it came into effect after Khama’s retirement.
Phatshwane added that “when flying, the former President you are required to accord him VIP status and crew should be as per aircraft instructions (ASI).
He concluded thus “The Squadron Commanders are required to brief all their flying crew with immediate effect.”