Former Botswana President Ian Khama has just shown that he is no different from one of his former worst enemies President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
He has just resigned from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party and has vowed to join the opposition Umbrella for Democratic Change “to make sure that the BDP loses power in October”.
This is all because President Mokgweetsi Masisi, whom Khama hand-picked to succeed him, lifted the suspension on big game hunting that Khama imposed in 2014.
“I came here to tell you that I am cutting ties with the BDP as I do not recognise this party anymore. It was a mistake to choose Masisi as my successor. I will now work with the opposition to make sure that the BDP loses power in October,” Khama told villagers in Serowe where he is paramount chief on Saturday.
Mugabe last year switched allegiance from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front which he led for 40 years to support opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa in last year’s elections.
Mugabe, however, had a more plausible reason to ditch his party and successor Emmerson Mnangagwa because they forcibly removed him from power.