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World Leader
    (July 1, 1921-July 13, 1980)
    Born in Serowe, Botswana
    Kgosi (herditary chief) of the Bamangwato people (1925-51)
    Founded the Bechuanaland Democratic Party (1962)
    First president of independent Botswana (1966-80)
    During a forced retirement from politics, he unsuccessfully attempted to become a cattle rancher.
    He suffered bouts of depression.
    He helped negotiate an end to the civil war in Rhodesia, and thus bears some of the responsibility for inflicting Robert Mugabe on Zimbabwe.
    When he married a white English secretary, Ruth Williams, the government of Great Britain (which controlled Botswana as a protectorate) forced him to renounce his chieftainship as part of their efforts to appease South Africa.
    When the British High Commission ordered the Bamangwato to name his replacement, they refused.
    In a conciliatory gesture, Queen Elizabeth named him a Knight Commander of the British Empire (1966).
    When Botswana became independent, Time magazine called him the new nation's 'strongest asset.'
    Despite his opposition to apartheid, he refused to let Botswana be used a base for attacks on either South Africa or Rhodesia.
    Unlike many post-colonial African leaders, he left behind a country with few racial tensions, a growing market-friendly economy and a functioning democratic government.

Credit: C. Fishel


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    In 2012, Out of 16 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 110 Votes: 69.09% Annoying
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