The President of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, has claimed that Rhodesian security forces have launched 35 incursions into his country in the past two years.
The President of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, has claimed that Rhodesian security forces have launched 35 incursions into his country in the past two years. Sir Seretse was speaking in Switzerland on Monday (22 May) where he received a United Nations award for his help in re-settling refugees from South Africa and Rhodesia in Botswana. Sir Seretse said Rhodesian forces has crossed into Botswana from time to time and had burnt down huts and shot at women working in fields.
SYNOPSIS: In Geneva at a special ceremony, Mr. Paul Hartling, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, greeted Sir Seretse Khama and his wife. Mr. Hartling praised the Botswana leader's humanitarian attitudes towards refugees in Africa.
Accepting the Nansen Award, named after Norwegian explorer, Pridjof Nansen, who became the first League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sir Seretse said there were about 10,000 refugees in camps in Botswana. He said a further 30,000 had passed through the camps in the last two years.