Is Botswana’s President Really The Latest UN Acclaimed World’s Best President?


For days now there have been news that Botswana’s president, Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has been named the World’s best president by the United Nations.

According to several reports, the claim is that Botswana’s leader, Ian Khama, who became the president of Botswana in 2008 was named under a review as the World’s best president.

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Ian Khama has a significant political history. Ian is the son of Sir Seretse Khama, Botswana’s first post-independence leader.

The news that President Ian is now the UN acclaimed world’s best president went viral earlier in the week, courtesy of Malawi Punch and a blogger identified as Smith Rise.

The report stated that President Ian was named so “by a Technical Committee made up of experts from reputable International Civil Service Organisations.”

It also said that Botswana President “is tipped to be the next UN Secretary General if he wishes to occupy this office.”

As much as this piece of information went viral, generating a whopping 23, 900 shares on social media, the office of the President has issued an official statement that the world’s best president story was hoax and unfounded.

The statement read thus:

“The Office of the President has become aware and wishes to dissociate itself from a hoax news report being widely circulated online with the headlines – ‘President Silese Khama Ian Khama Named The World’s Best President (the Malawi Punch, August 7)’ and ‘Botswana’s Ian Khama announced as World’s best president, tipped as the next UN Secretary General’ (Smith Rise, August 6).”

“To the best of our knowledge, the source of the said reports is ‘Smith Rise’, a self-proclaimed ‘online satirical blog’ alongside the apparently associated ‘Malawi Punch’ websites and other social media.”

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The statement also revealed another interesting fact found on Smith Rise’s blog. The disclaimer on the website reads,

“Our Stories are purely fictional… They are all fake, any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.”

Till there is an official announcement from the United Nations countering the stand of Botswana presidency on this news, President Ian maintains that the story is untrue.