Khama Launches Bot50 [press release]

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Batswana have been urged to always put the interests of the country first. Speaking at the launch of project Bot50 to mark the countdown towards the country’s 50th independence anniversary on Saturday July 5, H.E. the President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama called on all to reflect on what makes them Batswana.

Batswana have been urged to always put the interests of the country first. Speaking at the launch of project Bot50 to mark the countdown towards the country’s 50th independence anniversary on Saturday July 5, H.E. the President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama called on all to reflect on what makes them Batswana.

President Khama asked all to reflect on Setswana culture and traditions as well as Botho. He said Batswana need to practice and entrench good values everyday and in every way. President Khama said while the significance of celebrating independence may not seem obvious to some, it was important for all to be reminded to always put Botswana first for the good of the nation. He paid tribute to the founding fathers of the nation for the foresight they had in creating the nation. Preparations for the country’s 50th independence celebrations started last year with the hoisting of flags on tall towers around the country.

President Khama urged all to rally behind upcoming events and to take part in various activities that would take place around the country between now and September 2016. “I look forward to seeing the blue, black and white colours flying over our cities, towns, villages, settlements and the countryside as we mark the upcoming day,” he said. He called on all to count the country’s blessings and losses and to celebrate its success as well as to reflect on its future. President Khama also unveiled the Bot50 logo with its ‘Botswana Pele’ message on the country’s map, which is the campaign theme for the celebrations.

For his part, the Acting Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Mr Vincent Seretse said Batswana have all the reasons to celebrate. “From humble beginnings, Botswana has risen to be ranked as one of the middle income countries amidst all the challenges ranging from being surrounded by politically unstable environments, Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks and HIVAIDS,” said Mr Seretse.

He said the country has been built through the collective effort of everyone, and urged all to be part of the celebrations. He highlighted that the celebrations would have a yearly calendar that would cater for different societies and groups, adding that events would be spread across months.

He said the calendar of events would include the theatrical re-enactment of historical events, performances of classical and modern Botswana plays and film presentations. The events would also include traditional and cultural festivals, debates, panel discussions and a Miss Botswana@50 beauty contest. Minister Seretse noted that a 50th anniversary coordinating unit under the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture has been set up. “We count on the corporate world and individuals to join government in the mobilisation of resources towards relating Botswana’s journey since 1966,” he said. (BOPA)

Source : Government of Botswana

Category: Governance

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