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“It is unfortunately a day of shame and a sad day for our country. It has damaged our reputation as a clean democracy,” says Khama.
Thousands of people queued up to vote in Botswana today for the hotly-contested elections that could challenge the ruling party’s hold onto power. The former president of the ruling party, Ian Khama broke away from the Botswana Democratic Party and joined the opposition party due to internal disagreements. Joining CNBC Africa to discuss the outcome is Journalist, Kealeboga Dihutso.
Whichever party wins will have to move swiftly to transform the economy, which since independence from Britain in 1966 has grown at 8% a year to become one of Africa's most successful, but now risks coming unstuck because of over-reliance on a single commodity - diamonds.
In Botswana this morning hundreds of thousands of people queued up to vote in the country’s elections that promise to be one of the most contested in the country’s democratic history. The ruling BDP is looking to hold onto power that has lasted for more than half a century. Meanwhile a disgruntled former president called Ian Khama is looking to upset the apple cart by lending his support to the opposition. Joining CNBC Africa more is Menzi Ndhlovu, Senior Analyst at Signal Risk.