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.
In those days with Sir Seretse Khama
as the new nation's first President and Masire as his Deputy and Finance Minister, little seemed to be in the fledgling nation's favour.
Served by the Sir Seretse Khama
International Airport some 15km from the city centre, Gaborone is able to receive direct long-haul flights from Europe.
Botswana's stable democratic process has been further evidenced by the peaceful and smooth transition of power between the first president, Sir Seretse Khama
, and his successor Sir Ketumile Masire in 1980 following the death of Sir Seretse Khama
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.
An official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations meets us at Sir Seretse Khama Airport and clears us through the VIP lounge, where we are served with coffee and tea.
With a generous and steady income from diamonds, Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana, set about building his young nation.
Twenty-five years later, memories of those days are at the heart of what the Mbangas are planning to do in Holland-to write a book about the famous love affair between the late Sir Seretse Khama
and his English wife Ruth Williams which for a while in 1948 set the Commonwealth on tire.
As vice-president under Botswana's first elected president, Sir Seretse Khama
, Masire opposed his colleagues in government who did not want Botswana to give refuge to Southern African freedom fighters from the ANC and PAC (South Africa), Frelimo (Mozambique), and ZANU and ZAPU (Zimbabwe).