Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Ramaphosa, mind your own business

The good thing about the African National Congress (ANC) is its ability to resist the temptation of taking sides in the dispute between former President, Ian Khama Seretse Khama and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, unlike its President Cyril Ramaphosa who sides with Khama.  This is if recent media reports are anything to go by. I am referring to a recent story carried by the Botswana Gazette newspaper. The story  seems to confirm long held views in Botswana that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa may be siding with the former president to destabilize Botswana. Khama’s pursuit is to overthrow Masisi. He does not accept Masisi as the legitimate president of Botswana. He does not even refer to him as Mr. President nor Mr. Masisi or Dr. Masisi. He calls him Masisi or that man. Shame! It is as if the president stole the elections that brought him to power. At any rate, that is what Khama believes without providing evidence.

Many people in Botswana have always believed that Ramaphosa was aiding Khama to destabilize this country. So when news of the ANC national executive Committee having broken ranks with Ramaphosa on the matter of supporting Khama broke out, to some in Botswana it was a relief. In a story headlined, “ANC Gives Khama The Cold Shoulder?” The paper gave an account of what appeared to be the African National Congress’s attitude towards supporting Khama. It stated that the ANC national executive committee was divided on the issue. It appears the majority was not in favour of supporting Khama against Masisi.

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