Botswana: Botswana brushes aside Mugabe’s comments

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s foreign affairs office has dismissed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s comments on the country’s loss of the African Union (AU) top post.

President Mugabe recently blamed the loss of the candidature bid of Botswana’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi for the position of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, on the lack of support by President Ian Khama of Botswana.

Responding to Mugabe’s comments made in South Africa recently, Botswana said it "regrets these inaccurate and unfortunate remarks".

“However, the ministry chooses not to comment any further out of respect for President Mugabe's advanced age and as such, understands that allowances need to be made,” said a statement from the foreign affairs ministry.

Botswana’s former candidate for the AU post, Venson-Moitoi, is on record absolving President Khama from her loss. She rejected the claims, saying President Khama was not the only head of state who did not attend the summit.
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05 october 2017 18:23:49

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