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Botswana: Ex-president dismisses corruption claims, voices concerns about democracy

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Botswana President Ian Khama looks on during the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Pretoria, South Africa, November 11, 2016. / Siphiwe Sibeko

Botswana’s former President Ian Khama described allegations made by the administration of current President Mokgweetsi Masisi that he embezzled billions in the local currency as “laughable.”

He said the false claim is payback for campaigning against the current president in the October elections and he is planning to start court proceedings. Khama’s father was the party’s – the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) – founder.

In Decemeber, Jako Hubona, representing Botswana’s Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime, accused Khama and two other former top officials of moving state funds to private bank accounts in South Africa and Hong Kong.

 

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