Botswana Denies Bribing U.S Comedian Steve Harvey

President Mokgweetsi Masisi with U.S Comedian Steve Harvey (Photo: Botswana Govt).

BOTSWANA has denied charges it is paying visiting American comedian cum radio and television host Steve Harvey any money to visit the country with a view of coercing him to invest in the country’s entertainment industry.

Harvey is in the country at the invitation of his friend and president of President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

“Contrary to some mischievous allegations on social media platforms, the Government of Botswana is not paying any money to the American businessman (Steve) Harvey who is currently visiting the country,” Andrew O. Sesinyi said Botswana communications permanent secretary said in a statement.

“As mentioned in an earlier press release, the visit by the American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor and author follows his expression of interest to promote the creative industry in Botswana.”

Sesinyi said Harvey’s interest in Botswana follows his visit to the Diamond Conference Women Summit during the Diamond Week in Gaborone last year where he met Masisi and “expressed the interest to visit Botswana again to explore opportunities for investment in the creative industry and to promote the youth of Botswana to participate in business”.

“…His Excellency the President will continue to welcome prospective investors who react positively to Botswana’s international efforts to woe investment to the country. Such investors are not paid to explore business in Botswana.”