Moussa Faki Mahamat
Moussa Faki Mahamat

Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended Botswana’s continued example in transparent governance and respect for the rule of law.

Chairperson of the 55-member pan African bloc made the statement as he concluded a two-day working visit to the South African country, where he met with Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his new Cabinet.

“The Chairperson congratulated President Masisi on his election victory and commended Botswana’s continued example in transparent governance and respect for the rule of law,” an AU statement issued on Tuesday read.

Mahamat also commended President Masisi’s “hands-on leadership with his new Cabinet lineup, noting that the African Union looked forward to benefitting from his leadership.”

Incumbent President Mokgweetsi Masisi has won Botswana’s general elections after his party garnered majority in the national assembly, the chief justice said on Friday.

On Oct. 23, the southern African country held its general elections for the 57 members of the national assembly and 490 councilors countrywide, in which the incumbent president retained the country’s presidency as his ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won the general election.

Following the elections, continental and regional observer missions, mainly AU as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), had also hailed this year’s polls as credible and a fair reflection of the will of the people.

The AU Commission Chairperson further briefed President Masisi and his cabinet on the progress of the AU institutional and financial reforms, the recently adopted African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), the AU’s flagship “Silencing the Guns by 2020” continental aspiration, it was noted.

“Two leaders also discussed issues regarding regional coordination between the AUC and the Regional Economic Communities (RECS), regional issues of peace and security, including the situations in Zimbabwe and Malawi, and continental partnerships,” the statement read.

Botswana’s President Masisi on his part also reiterated his country’s “renewed commitment to fully participate in support of the continental agenda, and to contribute Botswana’s expertise in priority areas including mediation, financial and administrative oversight, law enforcement and governance.” Enditem

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