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Botswana’s Khama snubs DRC opposition

Botswana President Ian Khama has turned down a request by opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to meet him over the political turmoil in the country, APA learned Monday.The WeekendPost newspaper reported on Monday that a letter from the Engagement for Citizenship and Development (ECIDE), one of the opposition parties in DRC, which was routed through Khama’s ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)’s office of the Secretary General, had requested for a meeting with Khama to discuss issues pertaining to, among others, establishing bi-lateral relations between the two parties.

The objective of the request for a meeting was also to discuss the DRC political crisis which is directly linked to the country’s president, Joseph Kabila’s refusal to leave office after the expiry of his term.

Contacted for comment, BDP Secretary General Botsalo Ntuane told the paper that they have seen and discussed the letter, but the party, President Khama in particular, was not comfortable with meeting an opposition party from another country.

“Khama as is common practice does not meet with foreign opposition. We get many requests. His view is – how would we as the BDP react if other presidents met Botswana opposition?”

Published on 28.04.2020

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