State of the nation address
by His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama,
President of the Republic of Botswana
to the opening of the fifth session of the ninth parliament.
1. Mr. Speaker, I am grateful for the opportunity to give this Honourable Assembly an assessment of our nation’s achievements and challenges, in this my first State of the Nation Address, which will also be the last before the next general election.
2. We should, however, recognise that addressing the needs of Batswana cannot be limited to the activities of Government alone. The ability to move forward ultimately rests with all of us.Our national anthem rightly affirms that our land is a gift from God - but our nation’s progress did not fall from heaven .