Seretse Khama

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Khama, Seretse


Born 1921, in Serowe. Botswana statesman. Chief of the Bamangwato tribe.

Khama received a bachelor of arts degree at the University of South Africa and continued his education at Oxford (Great Britain). From 1961 to 1965, Khama was a member of the Legislative Council and one of the two African members of the Executive Council of Bechuanaland. He founded the Democratic Party of Botswana (called the Bechuanaland Democratic Party until 1966) and became its chairman in 1962. From 1965 to 1966 he served as prime minister of Bechuanaland. When independence was proclaimed on Sept. 30, 1966, Khama became president of the Republic of Botswana.

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From the Front Line: Speeches of Sir Seretse Khama.
The prosecutor in the matter, Inspector Galekhuti Mashumba of Sir Seretse Khama Airport Police Station implored the court to further remand Kgomotso Rebonamang of Morake ward in Mmopane as investigations in the matter are still fresh and that the deceased relatives were still in shock and that their tempers were high.
Along with the late Sir Seretse Khama, he was a founder member of the Botswana Democratic Party and its Secretary-General from 1962 to 1980.
The area has five police stations being Ramotswa, Old Naledi, Gaborone West, Sir Seretse Khama and Mogoditshane.
On the day, I arrvived at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (SSKIA) at 8am.
There had been already the example of Sir Seretse Khama, the first president of Botswana, whose marriage to an English girl, Ruth Williams, had raised such hue and cry in the Empire days.
Other area of interest could be the national parliament, statue of the pre-colonial era founding father of the national, Sir Seretse Khama, Gaborone Dam and National Museum among others.
The son of the late President Sir Seretse Khama is due to succeed the current president, Festus Mogae, with much disapproval from the opposition parties.