10th July, 2012
Botswana’s Vice President, Mompati Merafhe, announced on Tuesday his intention to retire at the end of this month due to ill health.
Permanent Secretary to the President, Eric Molale, said in a statement that Merafhe informed the President Ian Khama on Tuesday of his intention to retire on 31 July, and Khama has accepted Merafhe’s request .
According to Molale, the 76-year-old vice president had previously indicated his intention to retire in 2014, but due to ill-health he had chosen to retire earlier.
“This retirement comes after His Honour had served the country in various capacities for an aggregate period of more than 50 years,” said Molale.
Merafhe was hit by an illness which had not been revealed to public up to date in 2011.
He was transported to a hospital in South Africa on 29 January after being admitted to a local hospital in Gaborone for tests on January 25.
He was granted a long leave after he was released from the hospital.
Merafhe, the sixth vice president of Botswana, was appointed in April, 2008