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Botswana’s President Speaks His Mind About Fellow African Leaders, and Trump

  • Khama criticizes Congolese leader for delaying elections
  • Former army general to step down next month after second term
Joseph Kabila

Joseph Kabila

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As most African leaders maintained a stony silence in response to Congolese leader Joseph Kabila’s determination to postpone elections and extend his stay in office, Botswana President Ian Khama’s government shot straight from the hip.

“Some political leaders refuse to relinquish power when their term of office expires,” it said on Twitter. “It is clear that such leaders are driven by self-interest, instead of those of the people they govern. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a case in point.”