Botswana have sworn in Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi as the country’s fifth president after he won the general elections.
President Masisi and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) emerged victorious in last week’s general election. The ceremony took place in the parliament in the capital Gaborone.
In his acceptance speech, the president pledged to uphold the rule of law and to relentlessly fight corruption in the country.
“I would like to reiterate that I am committed to the rule of law in this country, so as to enhance confidence and send a message to all of us that the law must be abided or face consequences of non compliance.”
Masisi is set to serve his five year substantive first term in office. He also expressed his determination to improve the lives of Batswana. “Our citizens are yearning for the social and economic transformation of their country.”
President Masisi stressed that: “Botswana should always remain at the epicenter of our development agenda. One of our key priorities is to create meaningful and sustainable jobs.”
The president also urged the general public to do everything possible to resolve the problems that the 2.2 million nation is facing.
“I wish and hasten to remind all victors, regardless of political affiliation, that our duty is to serve the interests of Botswana and Batswana without fear or favour,” continued President Masisi during his inaugural speech.
“Today we continue to face problems and challenges of unemployment, poverty, corruption, hostile external interference to our democracy and threats of capture, alcohol and substance abuse, climate change and drought,” the president said.
In order to become a high income economy, President Masisi said it is imperative for relentless efforts in improving the country’s governance systems, service delivery across all sectors of Government and private sector.
To ensure Botswana is highly competitive and a destination of choice for foreign direct investment.
“Public sector reforms are critical for improved the inauguration service delivery and therefore they will be accelerated and intensified.”
The swearing in and inauguration of President Masisi was graced by His Excellency Filipe Nyusi, the President of Mozambique, His Excellency Edgar Lungu of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Dambudzo Mngwagwa. And various governments representatives from the South African Development bloc.
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