Ian Khama was the Commander of the Botswana Defence Force before he crossed the line and entered into politics. Eventually, he served two full terms before handing over to his vice Mokgweetsi Masisi. Among other shocking facts about him is that all through his terms as President, he was never married. Get to know more about him in this article.
Who is Ian Khama? Serêtsê Khama Ian Khama is a former military officer and Motswana politician. He is also the second child of the foremost independence leader and President of Botswana by the name Sir Seretse Khama. Ian came to the world when his father was exiled to the United Kingdom because of the colonial government's opposition and his marriage to a white woman during the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Seretse Khama Ian Khama biography
Ian Khama has a metaphorical name 'Serêtsê', which he takes after his father. His father got the name, which means "the clay that binds together," after reconciling with Ian's grandfather, and it also qualified him for the throne when the aged father passed on. Consequently, in a bid to continue the historical legacy, Ian was given the full name Seretse Khama Ian Khama. But any time he and the father want to be differentiated, Ian Khama is simply called.
Before emerging as the President of Botswana, he had served as Commander of the Botswana Defence Force. Then, between the 1st of April, 1998, and the 1st of April, 2008, he also served as the Vice-President of his country. After relinquishing the position, he succeeded President Festus Mogae and became the fourth President of the Republic of Botswana from the 1st of April, 2008 to the 1st of April, 2018.
Ian Khama education
The former Defence Force Commander and President started his primary schooling in 1960 at Soweto before attending White Stone school in Bulawayo (now called Zimbabwe), where he had his secondary education. He also attended Waterford School Kamhlaba. Waterford is a United World College based in Mbabane, Swaziland.
Then, he also studied at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst for his tertiary education, which is where the British Army officers are trained. After he graduated, the former president again enrolled at the Nigerian Police Academy in Ikeja before training at Gaborone and Antwerp, Belgium, to become a qualified pilot.
When he visited South Korea in October 2015, he was decorated with an honorary Doctorate of Political Science Degree by Konkuk University, South Korea. As a result of this, they began to address him as "His Excellency the President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama".
Ian Khama age
How old is Ian Khama? The former President was born on the 27th of February, 1953, which consequently means that he is 66 years of age at the moment.
Ian Khama parents
Ian has an exciting genealogy, and his family is one of the most respected families in Botswana. Apart from being the son of the first President of Botswana, his grandfather was also the paramount chief of the Bamangwato people. His great grandfather was a king while his great-great-grandfather was the chief of the Bamangwato people by the name Kgosikgolo Sekgoma I.
Then, the mother of the Botswana President Ian is Ruth Khama, who is Seretse Khama wife.
Ian Khama siblings
The siblings of the former President are Jacqueline, Anthony, and Tshekedi Khama II.
Ian Khama career
Ian was absorbed into the paramilitary Police Mobile Unit in 1973 before the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) came to being. After its formation, Ian became the Deputy Commander in 1977. Then, between 1989 and 1998, he took charge of the leadership, where he played significant roles in shaping the Force's activities. On the 16th of December, 1997, Ian announced his retirement, which took effect on the 31st of March, 1998.
After his retirement, Lieutenant General Ian joined politics and became a member of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party. Following the emergence of Festus Mogae as President, Ian was appointed as the vice president but could not take office because he had no seat in the National Assembly. Consequently, he won a by-election in Serowe North in early July 1998, and by the 13th day of the month, he got a seat in the National Assembly and then was sworn in as Vice President.
Moreover, after serving as the vice president for ten years, when Festus stepped down, he took over the mantle of leadership as the President of the country and also ruled for another ten years. Besides, Ian serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the US-based organization Conservation International, which is also active in Botswana.
Ian Khama wife
Is Ian Khama married? It is surprising to know that all through the period that the former President of Botswana Ian Khama served his country, he was never married. However, he had once been quoted to have described the kind of wife he would love to marry who has to be "tall, slim and good-looking and not a fat one".
Nonetheless, there was a time in 1992 when a report noted that Ian was engaged to Dr. Nomsa Mbere, a renowned social worker who had served as the Botswana Red Cross president for years. But while everyone was hoping that Ian Khama marriage would be with her, things overturned, and the marriage process came to a halt.
Later, a rumour flew around that he was having an affair with the former Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's wife, Bridgette. But Khama came out and said categorically that there was nothing of such between them.
Ian Khama children
Since there is no woman named as the former President's wife yet, he has no children as at the time of publishing this piece.
Ian Khama money scandal
For some time, an allegation has been levied against the former President Ian Khama on money scandals. In one of the reports, the former Botswana president was alleged to have instructed the Reserve Bank of Botswana to open offshore accounts that have been linked to Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe, a South African businessperson. The supposed instructions were said to have been given in 2008 when he assumed office.
Then, an amended charge raised by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) explained that on the 3rd of October, 2017, the former President received the sum of P250,000 from the businessman Bakang Seretse. The said amount was paid to Sharps Construction to get material for refurbishing the retirement home. But the former president debunked all the allegations.
Ian Khama is one of the few privileged people whose lineages have a track record of transference of honour. No doubt, the records set by his forefathers must have contributed to his achievements. So far, five generations in the Khama lineage have held significant positions in the history of Botswana, which is a laudable feat.
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