Thursday, April 25, 2024

Seretse Khama family fingers Masisi in abuse of legacy 

The family of Sir Seretse Khama, the founding President of Botswana has said it is offended by the use of their father in what they describe as a “gimmick ceremonies where his name is used for attention grabbing.” 

“These continue to be held at the behest of the current government of Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi that has subjected the family to prosecution, harassment and ridicule,” the family said in a statement that was signed by former President Ian Khama, former Minister Tshekedi Khama and his twin brother Anthony Khama. 

The statement which was signed by the royal uncles, Rasebolai Kgamane, Seretse Kebailele and Mokhutshwane Sekgoma states that “Today the family notes a write up purporting to invite individuals to Francistown where a purported mothusa Kgosi wa Gammangwato intends to host or launch some marathon in the name of Sir Seretse thereby allocating himself birthrights privileges that belong to no other than the family of Sir Seretse Khama.” 

The statement added that “The public is advised that the said event has neither been sanctioned nor agreed to by the family of Sir Seretse. Any occurrence of it or participation of it will be doing violence and harm to rights and feelings of Sir Seretse’s Khama family.” 

The statement indicated that the legacy of Public Service that bequeathed on the nation Botswana can never reduce or takeaway the rights and privileges of birth and heritage that belong only to his family, including the use of his name. 

“The family fully reserves its rights in this context. The person claiming to be mothusa Kgosi wa Gamangwato and any government official who associates himself with such an objectionable event should know that they lack human conscience and moral uprightness by being part of an occasion that disregards the rights and privileges of Sir Seretse Khama’s family and goes against their wishes,” says the statement. 


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