28th April, 2021
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi will miss a Southern African regional meeting he had been due to chair on Thursday, as he retreated into quarantine.
The meeting was called to discuss recent attacks on Mozambique.
But Masisi will not take part after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
This prompted him to self-quarantine, his office said on Tuesday.
Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique will be attending the summit of a division of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The meeting will receive a report on how they can help Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province following Islamic State-linked attacks there.
Botswana is the current chair of that division, which is tasked with promoting peace and security in the region.
Vice President Slumber Tsogwane will lead Botswana’s delegation to the summit, the president’s press secretary, Batlhalefi Leagajang, said in a statement.
Leagajang said President Masisi self-quarantined “out of (an) abundance of caution.”
Botswana has had more than 45,850 cases of the coronavirus and more than 690 deaths since the pandemic began, according to a Reuters tally.