Thursday, September 24, 2020

President’s citizenship questioned

Secretary General of the Botswana Congress party (BCP) Dr. Kesitegile Gobotswang, says he suspects President Ian Khama may be a foreigner.

While some countries allow dual citizenship, Botswana does not. President Ian Khama was born in Chertsey, Surrey in the United Kingdom on 27 February 1953. It remains unclear if the President has renounced his British citizenship.

According to Wikipedia, before 1983 birth in the UK was sufficient in itself to confer British nationality irrespective of the status of parents with an exception only for children of diplomats and enemy aliens.

 The Constitution of Botswana sates that any person who, upon the attainment of the age of 21 years, is a citizen of Botswana and also a citizen of some country other than Botswana shall cease to be a citizen upon the specified date unless he has renounced his citizenship of that country, taken the oath of allegiance and made such declaration of his intentions concerning residence as may be prescribed by Parliament.

The government spokesperson, Dr. Jeff Ramsay said┬áthe President does not have any form of dual citizenship. “He has been and remains solely a citizen of Botswana,” Ramsay said. He did not say when the President renounced his British citizenship.

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