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Khama rejects Magang

President Lt Gen Ian Khama this week rejected an invitation from the Magang family for the launch of the former Cabinet Minister’s Volume 2 of the “Delusion of Grandeur” book.


Information reaching this publication suggests that the ruling party was not impressed by the first book in which he looks down upon the country’s success story. Magang stated in the first edition that Botswana is not and has never been a prosperous country and that its economic acumen is overrated.


It was not the first time that Magang took a jab at government policies and approach. His initial book, “The Magic of Perseverance,” an autobiography released in 2008, offered an insight on how difficult it was for him to succeed as an entrepreneur because of government policies and people in authority.


Print Media Consult, a company which published the two books officially confirmed to this publication that President Khama was invited to the launches of the two books but never confirmed his attendance.


Khama, however attended, with other former cabinet ministers and past presidents, the launch of the late Vice President Lt Gen Mompati Merafhe’s memoir. The book was launched a few weeks after the launch of Magang’s volume one edition.   


WeekendPost has established that the first edition of Delusions of Grandeur has opened old wounds and worsened the relationship between Khama and the Magang family. The only recognisable government official present at the launch this week was government spokesperson Jeff Ramsey, and former assistant minister Dr Gloria Somolokae.


It is believed that Magang and President Ian Khama have never been best allies since Khama was appointed vice president in 1998. In 1998 following the retirement of President Quett Masire, it was widely expected that Festus Mogae, who took over the reigns as President would appoint Magang as his deputy. Mogae however bypassed Magang to nominate the then BDF Commander Khama.


The visibly disenchanted Magang retired from politics two years later to focus on his business aspirations. Khama’s detest of the Magangs was not helped by his early relationship with party youth wing upon his entry into politics. Magang’s eldest son Lesang Magang then leader of Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) youth wing publicly criticised the decision by President Mogae to grant Khama a year long sabbatical leave.


During the launch of the first edition, Magang revealed that, the first edition would have originally went for print in 2013, but family members against the move because he could have been blamed for the party elections results in case the opposition gave the party a hiding.  The Magang family understood that the book, in the former Minister’s usual element would divide the party as it proved controversial.


Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Margaret Nasha probably ended her career when she published a highly critical autobiography titled “Madam Speaker Sir!” in which she literally criticised Khama’s leadership style and dictatorial tendencies.

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