Khama declares war on poverty
Botswana has over the years managed to reduce the level of poverty, President Ian Khama told the inaugural Pitso ya go Nyeletsa Lehuma in Mahalapye yesterday.
President Khama said statistics also show that the number of people living below the poverty datum line in Botswana has reduced from 59 percent in 1985/86 to 30 percent in 2002/03.
The percentage is expected to drop even further at the end of this year, he said.
“We await the statistics of Central Statistics Office (CSO) expected at the end of the year to give us the current statistics on poverty,” he added.
Giving an overview, the President said: “It is now 44 years since we attained independence. At the time of independence (in 1966) our country was then classified as one of the 10 poorest countries in the world, but Botswana is now classified as one of the middle-income countries.
So having any percentage of our people living below the poverty datum line is unacceptable.”
The President, who has been criss-crossing the countryside in [continue reading]