Botswana Apologizes To President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta After Declaring Him Persona Non Grata

March 13, 2013

After Botswana’s foreign affairs minister stated that President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta should not step into their country if he fails to cooperate with the ICC, Kenyans took to social media to express their anger at the South African country with a population of 2 million. 
The minister would soon retract his earlier statement, saying that “Uhuru is more than welcome to visit Botswana”. 
Here’s the press statement.


This is to retract my statement made earlier about the President elect of Kenya. The President elect of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta is more that welcome to visit Botswana. 

Botswana respects the rule of law and it’s cognizant of a section of the law that maintains “One is innocent until Proven guilty”. Uhuru Kenyatta has been compliant with the ICC ever since the beginning.

I apologize to the Kenyan people for misunderstanding of my earlier statement. I wish to maintain that Kenya and Botswana have always worked together and nothing will distract that.

I would also wish the newly elected president of Kenya and his government all the best in the new responsibility of governing Kenya.

Thank you,

Phandu Skelemani, M.P,
Minister for foreign affairs,
Gaborone, Botswana.


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