The politics of bachelorhood

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Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

What you need to know:

  • Ian Khama of Botswana loves life on the single lane, and says he would be lost on how to divide his time between a wife and the nation.
  • He says he does not understand what all the hullaballo over his marital status is all about. Marriage ties you down, it takes you away from your people.
  • If you want to be a good, totally dedicated leader, you can’t afford to give room to any distractions

At 59, the man has swiftly gone silent about his quest for ‘Miss Right’, whom he once said must be tall, fine-looking and slender.

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