Ten Years Enough Time for Leaders – Khama

| June 9, 2015

Ten years is “pretty good maximum” time for a leader to stay in public office, says President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

President Khama was speaking in an exclusive interview at the Office of the President on June 4.

He was reacting to a question on whether football governing bodies should set term limits for leaders in the wake of the FIFA corruption and bribery scandals, which had forced long time president of the world governing body, Sepp Blatter, to step down.

“Oh! They should do. You know it’s an indicator of what can go wrong when there are no term limits,” reckoned President Khama, adding “generally when you talk about term limits, even when you talk about it in politics, there are some who would say, why do you need term limits if you are having direct elections.”

However, the President concurred with sentiments that football governing bodies, just like other entities where good governance was at stake, should set term-limits for leaders.

“For example, where you would have direct presidential elections, some argue if the president is doing well, continue with electing him for multiple terms but others say, there comes a time where we think that once you get into office and you’ve been there for 10 years, really that is enough, you should make way and let others come in,” he said.

On the contrary, he said there had been bad examples where people had been in office, whether in politics or elsewhere, for longer than two terms. “Nna I believe, personally, that 10 years is a pretty good maximum for anyone to be in office in any field, whether in politics or like in this case, football,” said President Khama.

Lt Gen. Khama said while FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, started well he lost the plot along the way because he had been in office for too long. Consequently, he is of the view that during restructuring FIFA should consider introducing term limits as well.

“Why should one man dominate as if he is god’s gift to football, there are so many good administrators out there, so I think people should come in and go and that way it will be vibrant and have new and fresh ideas, coming through and that will contribute to the development of the game,” he said

He encouraged African football administrators to also stand for FIFA presidency because they were as equally capable to lead the world football governing body as was the case at the United Nations where the secretary general was African.

“So one would hope that, when Sepp Blatter does step down and hold a special congress to vote for a new president, we will see some people from Africa presenting themselves as candidates” said President Khama.

Meanwhile, regarding African sport, Lt Gen. Khama said there was lot of improvement. In football alone, he said, there was a huge number of African players plying their trade in top European leagues and their contribution was an indication that African football was aancing.

“Not only in football, I think in a number of sports, take athletics, and if we in Africa as our economies improve and we are able to then develop our sports men and women to the same level as the developed countries, we will emerge as leaders in many fields of sports,” reckoned the President.

Lt Gen. Khama noted resources constraints as holding Africa back in sport development. However, he noted Botswana’s emerging talent such as in boxing, athletics and football, adding there was no doubt the country was making significant strides, albeit with limited resources.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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