Botswana president in self-quarantine, to miss meeting on Mozambique attacks

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi (front) speaks at a past function. /VCG
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi. /VCG

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has gone into self-quarantine after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Tuesday.

Masisi was set to attend a Southern African regional meeting which he was due to chair on Thursday to discuss recent attacks in Mozambique.

Vice President Slumber Tsogwane will lead Botswana’s delegation to the summit, the president’s press secretary, Batlhalefi Leagajang, said in a statement.

According to Leagajang, President Mokgweetsi Masisi self-quarantined was “out of (an) abundance of caution.”

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique will be attending a summit of a division of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), where they will receive a report on how they can help Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province following Islamic State-linked attacks there.

Botswana is the current chair of that division, which is tasked with promoting peace and security in the region.