Ex-Botswana President Steps Down As Head Observer Of Kenya’s Elections

Mogae, who was appointed as the group's leader in July, resigned on Wednesday.

Former Botswana President Festus Mogae has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Observer Mission for Kenya’s General Elections.

Mogae, who was appointed as the group’s leader in July, resigned on Wednesday.

In a statement released on Wednesday, August 3, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s communication team announced that the former Botswanan President had withdrawn from the group and will be replaced by former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

The team cited unavoidable circumstances that were not disclosed. 

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, former president of Botswana has had to withdraw from the observer team for the coming  election in Kenya,” the Commonwealth statement reads.

Golding, who has already arrived in Kenya, reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s commitment to Kenya and the rights of its citizens.

“We know how important elections are in a democracy. We, therefore, hope our presence in Kenya serves as a reminder that the people of the Commonwealth stand together with Kenyans as they exercise their democratic rights,” he remarked.