Zimbabwe dents Khama`s credibility on democracy

source: Sunday Standard
by Faith Zaba
13-09-2010

Political analysts in Zimbabwe and Botswana said this week President Ian Khama’s credibility as the epitome of democracy is at stake as pressure mounts in his Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) for internal and constitutional reforms to curtail his excessive powers.

Analysts interviewed by the Sunday Standard said Khama has failed to transform from military leadership into a democratic leader who exhibits characteristics of statesmanship.

Trevor Maisiri, the Harare-based Executive Chairperson of the African Reform Institute, said Khama was no longer as critical of President Robert Mugabe as he once was mainly because he has lost the moral ground to criticise the octogenarian Zimbabwean leader.

“He comes from a military background and he is also accredited as one of the persons who were pivotal in the setting and strengthening of the military in Botswana,” he said. “However, what he [continue reading]

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