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Khama demands his P50 000

Publishing Date : 08 October, 2018


Former President Ian Khama has slapped the Attorney General’s office with intent to sue in the sum of P50 000 for the expenses incurred chartered a flight to Orapa two months ago after Masisi instructed Debswana not to give him a lift.

The Office of the President had in August through Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Carter Morupisi wrote to Debswana Mining Company Director, Balisi Bonyongo instructing him to turn down Khama’s request for a lift to Orapa in their private jet. Bonyongo then told Khama that he has received instruction barring them from allowing him to fly on their flight. 

Morupisi’s reason was that Khama was supposed to make arrangements with their office in advance so they assist him accordingly instead of going around asking for lifts. The former President Khama who was left stranded at the last minute, resorted to chartering a local jet. He spent P50 000 according to court papers before the office of Attorney General. Khama is also quoted in his papers saying he intends to sue Debswana Mining Company as well for breach of promise.

The Office of the President had rejected Khama’s request to use a chopper two times before ordering Debswana, BDF and other organizations not to lend him any or give him a lift. The Former President’s Pensions and Retirement Benefits Act which was amended prior to Khama stepping down from the presidency, gives provision for either boat or air transport by state as and when need arises.

It has been explained that for any mode of transport to be extended to former presidents other than road transport (the three vehicles) as per the amended Act, a formal request must be made but the release of such transport is dependent on the approval of the sitting president and only the president can authorize such a request.



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