Barely two weeks after standing down as Head of State and government, former President Ian Khama has expressed disaffection with the way his successor, Mokgweetsi Masisi is handling affairs of party and state, this publication has been made to understand.
Huddled together with a posse numbering about ten party activists in the dead of a chilly Thursday night at his new official residence last week, the former President told the grouping of hardliners that he was disappointed that former Minister of Nationality and Immigration, Edwin Batshu was left out of cabinet.
Also present was a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Member of Parliament whose names are known to this publication.
When Khama expressed his disillusionment with Masisi, the BDP MP is said to have reminisced about the time the party caucus mishandled an opportunity to oust Masisi with a no confidence motion, defying Khama’s express instruction.
Khama is said to have reasoned that, if anything Batshu was the most active and hardworking Minister in cabinet, always presenting statements, addressing cabinet on his Ministry and making suggestions on other affairs of state.
Moreover, sources who spoke to this publication further revealed that Batshu left a lasting impression on Khama because he was a hardworking party loyalist who often quietly donates cash and beasts for slaughter at party events and by-elections.
Sources who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity noted that Khama would intermittently chastise the activists for their radical disposition.
“He even called us rascals because we always question everything,” said one source present at the meeting.
Earlier in the evening, Khama and the group of activists had attended the launch of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) candidate Reverend Mmachakga Mpho Moruakgomo in Mochudi.
Khama, this publication was told he also expressed misgivings about the character of Moruakgomo for pitching late to his event.
This publication has also been told that after arriving at about 3pm, Khama was made to sit in his vehicle for 30 minutes because Moruakgomo and his campaign team were yet to arrive.
After the festivities, the group of activists made their way to the former President’s residence where they arrived at 9pm. The meeting took place at the old state residence that used to house the late former President Sir Ketumile Masire.
They would eventually leave the place between 12 and 1 am.
In a wide-ranging conversation with the party activists at his residence, Khama is said to have remarked that Moruakgomo’s late entrance at the party activity is testament that a “late coming leader is a leader who does not respect the people.”
When he arrived in Mochudi, Khama is said to have encountered a desolate venue which quickly filled up when residents got wind that he was in the area.
Khama is a known to be strictly time conscious.
He has also called Masisi a “brother and friend” many a times before. It remains to be seen whether Masisi will baulk or accede to his circuitous request to be reappointed commander of Botswana Defence Force.
The MP present at the meeting was not reachable by the time of going to press.