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Khama summons Dikgosi, Pastors

President concerned over country state of affairs

President Lt Gen Ian Khama yesterday (Friday) met Dikgosi and Church leaders to discuss the country’s state of affairs. The President hopes of coming up with a long-lasting solution to the problems that afflict the country.


Khama had called the meeting to express his displeasure and concerns at the path the country, particulalry the youth, seems to be taking. One of the central issues that formed the core of the discussions was the soul of the nation and its future.


This was the second meeting meeting of its kind since Khama took office. He held a similar meeting with the partners in 2008. Weekendpost can reveal that the churches and Dikgosi aired their grievances, particulaly on the ‘refusal or lack of implementation of the Kgosi Gaborone commission report on moral issues.


The president expressed shock at the conduct of some of the citizens when reacting to various issues and events. Khama called on the faith-based-organisations and Dikgosi to come to the party and assist in nation building. He acknowledged the state’s lack of action on some issues and promised to take into consideration some of the concerns raised by the two groups.


In an interview, the Minister of Labour and  Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu could not share the details of the meeting’s resolutions as they are not for public consumption.


The Minister however briefly shared the proceedings of the meeting, “the president had called faith-based organisations and Dikgosi to discuss the state of the nation and its affairs. As you are aware these leaders are the custodians and protectors of culture and values of our society. He wanted them to help review how far we have come, the current challenges and other related issues,” he said.


Batshu said Khama had urged Dikgosi and the church leaders to confront the challenges and not to assume that the fate of the society rests with the state alone. He admitted that the challenges are cumbersome. “Moreover one of the central issues was the Kgosi Gaborone Commission report on moral issues. We discussed how far we have gone in implementing its recommendations and heeding its concerns and resolved that we do a review and see what we have neglected and so forth,” he said.


Batshu added that central to the discussion was also the issue of national building. It is understood that the churches and Dikgosi called on the government to be tolerant and encourage citizens to be tolerant to other stakeholders in their respective positions.


WeekendPost has established that the conduct of Batswana in social media is also of great concern to the President. Khama, it is understood, is of the view that Batswana’s behaviour therein leaves a lot to be desired.


The churches and Dikgosi are of the view that the joint advisory committee of Ntlo ya Dikgosi and Botswana Council of Churches (BCC) report on social values should be the guiding document. They hold that it has been neglected. In 2008, Khama set up a Presidential Task Force on the promotion of good social values chaired by Kgosi Puso Gaborone, a young Chief of Batlokwa.

This was set up following concerns and realization that our value systems, both traditional and christian, were being compromised and eroded by other value systems, as such resulting in Batswana generally replacing good traits of respect with self-destructive and anti- social behaviors, poor discipline and low self-esteem.


It is understood that Khama wants to mend relations with Dikgosi and Church leaders going foward.The President has held several meetings with church leaders recently and has promised to look into some of their long-standing grievances.

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WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?

Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.

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