Former Botswana President Ian Khama says there have been three attempts to poison him ahead of the 2024 elections.

In an interview with GGA executive director, Chris Maroleng, Khama said President Mokgweetsi Masisi sees him as the biggest obstacle to his re-election in 2024.

He has been living in SA since November 2021, saying he fears assassination by his successor should he return.

Khama said in areas which were some of Masisi’ strongholds, people have turned against him thus his party is now manufacturing lies about how he had stolen $10 billion in a bid to destroy him.

He said:

In fact, recently in the country, in the last couple of months, we’ve had about 13 by elections at ward level and they have lost 10.

It was money which the country never ever had in the first place if it was thrown out of the High Court. And this came on the eve of the last elections 2019 in trying to get people to turn against me and the party I had now associated myself with the latest thing after that failed in the courts.

They then came up with weapons of war, that now I’ve been stealing weapons of war over the years. So apparently, when I was President, I’d be able to sneak out of state house a guarded area, go into military camp guarded go to the armies which are guarded go and help myself to weapons and go and hide them somewhere.

I recently approached a parliamentary committee in Botswana, and I said being an independent entity to establish whether 100 billion was stolen with our stolen weapons of war, to also come in and investigate my allegations of them trying to poison me on three occasions, and lastly, the rigging of the 2019 elections.

Now, you would think that if they felt that they were in the clear about this, they would jump at the opportunity and say, Okay, let’s go and do that to this date. They haven’t done that since.