Botswana has reaffirmed its support for the International Criminal Court.
President Ian Khama of Botswana delivered his last State of the Nation Address in the capital Gaborone on Monday.
He says his country remains determined to participate on the international issues and through the African Union, SADC and United Nations guidelines to assist where there’s a need for humanitarian support.
Khama will hand over the presidency to his second in command Mokgweetsi Masisi in March next year.
It is tradition in the landlocked country that the President of the State give his vice the reigns a year before the general elections.
He says, “I wish to reiterate Botswana’s strong support for the International Criminal Court, which is the only prominent criminal international court of last resort that plays its deterrent role in preventing the commission of genocide,, war crimes and general crimes against humanity. In order to demonstrate our unequivocal support for the work of the ICC, Botswana recently undertook a significant step by domesticating the Rome Statute and thus making it part of our national laws.”