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Botswana. The politics of Bachelorhood. by kiara11: 12:15pm On Mar 16, 2012




Ian Khama, the Botswana president who celebrated his 59th birthday last month, has seemingly given up the search for a partner, or perhaps, Botswana women are just not towering or slim enough for him.

* Ian Khama of Botswana loves life on the single lane, and says he would be lost on how to divide his time between a wife and the nation.
* He says he does not understand what all the hullaballo over his marital status is all about. Marriage ties you down, it takes you away from your people.
* If you want to be a good, totally dedicated leader, you can’t afford to give room to any distractions
But, just why does the man dread marriage? “I hear people who are married say that they enjoy the institution of marriage,” he says.

“They like to have a partner that they can share their life with. And I hear others — who, I may say, are in the majority — express great difficulties and challenges in being married.”

But for him, he says, the problem is that “I don’t like to get into something that I don’t have control over. When I say control, I mean that I can probably influence an outcome”.

Khama, who has been at the helm of the Southern African country since April 2008, seemingly fears if he were to settle down with a woman, the balance of priorities could easily go off course.

nterestingly, his close ally, South African president Jacob Zuma, effortlessly juggles his busy schedule alongside four wives and countless children.

In fact, Khama is the only bachelor head of state in the region, and that situation does not seem like it will change any time soon after his recent remarks that he wants to devote all his time to his work and feels marriage would “intrude” into his life.

The former military commander says not even presidents are spared by the responsibilities and conjugal glitches associated with marriage.

“When I think of the pressures of work here, and the stress and everything that comes with it... if you are having problems at home with all that additional stress, something is going to snap,” says the reticent leader.
Re: Botswana. The politics of Bachelorhood. by Bawss1(m): 6:15pm On Mar 16, 2012
A very un-African phenomenon seeing a bachelor president but one admires and respects his principle. Even though many of his married counterparts in other countries are guilty of abusing the marriage institution with their promiscuity reports that their marriages interferes with leadership is rare.
Re: Botswana. The politics of Bachelorhood. by RSA(m): 8:15am On Mar 23, 2012
He is definetly gay,the son of a white english woman.

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