His Honour the Vice President Lieutenant General Mompati Sebogodi Merafhe has informed His Excellency the President of his intention to retire on 31st July 2012. His Excellency the President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama has accepted His Honour the Vice President's request to retire.
His Honour had previously indicated his intention to retire in the year 2014, but due to ill-health he has chosen to retire earlier. This retirement comes after His Honour has served this country in various capacities for an aggregate period of more than fifty years. As a true champion of development, His Honour has been ever passionate to make the most contribution towards the improvement of the standard of living of the people of Botswana. His progressive and forward looking mind has translated into an indelible mark that has contributed in a big way in sharpening and shaping the destiny of this country. The nation at large can bear testimony of this.
It is in this regard that His Excellency the President calls on the nation to join him in wishing His Honour well in his retirement.