Botswana president talks farming

Botswana president Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi on Saturday gave social media users what he called a peep into “Mokgweetsi the farmer’s life.”

The president shared photos of himself on his farm where he rears animals – specifically sheep and cattle. In casual clothing and adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, masked Masisi also wore a cowboy hat as he toured his farm.

“To many, I am the President of Botswana. But before I am President, I am a son to my mother, Mma Tshelang.

I am a husband to Neo, a father to Atsile, a nephew, a brother and an uncle. All these titles come with responsibilities which I perform with pleasure,” he captioned a set of photos.

“I am also an ardent farmer and this weekend I want to give you a peep into Mokgweetsi the farmer’s life,” he captioned another set.

He shared a “video clip of his dependable farm manager”: who he described as an expert in breeding goats.

Masisi joins a number of African leaders who have publicly spoken about their love for farming.Amongst them are:

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari – cattle and crop farmer

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni – a cattle farmer

Namibia’s Hage Geingob – a crop farmer

Ex-Tanzania president Jakaya Kikwete – crop farmer

Ex-Botswana president Ian Khama – cattle farmer