Botswana President Masisi Faces Ouster – Reports

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi and former Leader Ian Khama.

Gaborone: BOTSWANA President Mokgweetsi Masisi reportedly faces a recall from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and possible ouster from the presidency, reports said.

According to Botswana’s The Voice, plans are afoot to boot out Masisi before the country’s 2019 general elections.

Former President Ian Khama reportedly fronts a faction referred to as “New Jerusalem” that is pushing for the holding of an extra-ordinary congress to elect Masisi’s successor.

BDP’s congress is set for July, 2019 but, according to the report, Khama’s faction reportedly wants the congress to be held before March.

“As a party we are aware of the New Jerusalem group. We even discussed it at the party caucus and we are trying to establish who exactly is behind it,” BDP Chief Whip, Liakat Kably is quoted saying.

“They think that they are superior to other party members…but we will deal with them accordingly,” vowed the chief whip in conclusion.

Tshekedi Khama and Venson Moitoi who served as Minister of Trade and Industry from 2004 to 2009 under the BDP ticket are seen as possible successors to Masisi.

Masisi, a former deputy president, took over from Khama, who stepped down after his term limit – 10 years – was reached. He was sworn in as the country’s fifth President in April,, 2018.