President Ian Khama has written an open letter to his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe, calling on him to resign.
Noting that he was breaching “the normal method of communication between leaders”, Mr Khama said Mr Mugabe, 93, should listen to the wishes of his people and “do the honourable thing by voluntarily relinquishing power”.
He adds that the people of Zimbabwe have for a long time been subjected to untold suffering as a result of poor governance under your leadership.
“It is therefore my conviction that by vacating the Presidency, this will usher in a new political dispensation that will pave the way for the much needed socio-economic recovery in Zimbabwe.”
He also noted, “I therefore reiterate my appeal to you to honourably step aside, if you really care for them, as you profess, and if you cannot find it in you to do so.”