Sata is ‘somehow unconventional’ observes Bostwana
[wide][/wide]Visiting Zambian President Sata refused to eat food at the events he attended apparently in solidarity with the starving masses. He also quizzed government officials on why they wasted food when there were so many starving people out there.
President Sata who was in the country on a three day state visit left both officials and Zambians living in Botswana shocked following this behavior.
After officially opening Mogoditshane Primary School on Tuesday Sata allegedly refused to eat lunch and chose rather to “donate” his share to President Ian Khama whom he proposed should conduct a tour of the new school since he was not included in the programme.
“Addressing the Minister of Education Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi- publicly, Sata said that it was wrong for her not to have included Khama in the programme. He (Sata) therefore took it upon himself to ask president Khama to tour the school premises on his behalf and eat his share of lunch,” explained member of Parliament for Francistown South, Wynter Mmolotsi who attended the official meeting where Sata also made a controversial P 70 000 donation.
The gesture immediately attracted heavy criticism from Zambians who argued that charity should have begun at home for Mr. President.
Mmolotsi however said he was not sure whether Sata said that in protest or was merely joking.
“I did not stay until the end of the event and therefore I do not know if he was serious with what he said.
A journalist interviewed however noted that: “President Khama did tour the premises on Sata’s behalf but as for the food, I think there was more than enough for everybody.”
Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Minister, Mokgweetsi Masisi however defended Sata’s remarks, which he said have been unfairly blown out of context.
“The comments were made in jest. It was a light comment, a joke!” He pointed out.
Explaining why Khama had to tour the premises and eat lunch in the absence of his guest following the remarks, Masisi said that,”The programme was kept light to avoid physical demand on the old man.”
Sata’s drama started unfolding on Moday during his courtesy call on the Leader of opposition in Parliament, Botsalo Ntuane, when he disregarded protocol and demanded that the light snacks and drinks which he was served be made free for all including private media journalists who were barred from entering the room .
“He said everybody should be called in to feast on the snacks served. When Parliament staff told him it was not according to protocol he insisted that the food be carried out to the people,” explained Ntuane.
Asked how that made him feel, Ntuane said he liked the man
“He is a very interesting man, somehow unconventional and I enjoyed his company,” he said
He was in the country to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern which included the development of Kazungula Bridge on the Zambezi River with president Seretse Khama Ian Khama. / http://www.thevoicebw.com/