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Independence Day

October 6, 2009

Sorry this post is a little late – I’ve had a few technical difficulties this time.

The 30th of September was Independence Day here in Botswana – the 43rd to be precise. There’s a statue of the first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, in the centre of town, just down from the parliamentary buildings. To either side of him stand plaques with his words inscribed:

“Tlotlo botho fela jaaka kgololesego le go dira tshiamo, ke boswa ja batho botlhe.”

“Human dignity, like justice and freedom, is the common heritage of all men.”

Sorry the photos aren’t great – I’ll try to re-shoot at some point.

Khama is, somewhat understandably, a national hero. No-one is prefect, and it’s easy to build someone’s greatness after their death, but in life Khama really was those things we hope our leaders will be, wise, honest, brave and full of integrity.

The next general election will be held in less than two weeks, on the 16th October. Inevitably, there’s a lot of political wrangling going on at the moment and there are some quite serious constitutional matters under debate. Whatever the outcome, I hope you’ll join me in wishing Botswana good governance and good fortune in the future.

Happy (somewhat belated) Independence Day Botswana!

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