Africa Why Botswana's 'pilot president' fans fears of turbulence ahead

The southern African democracy is widely viewed as a post-colonial success story. But as Botswana’s citizens freely cast their votes in today’s presidential election, critics warn incumbent Khama has a darker side.

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When the presidential helicopter touched down in a cloud of dust near this sun-baked village in central Botswana for a campaign rally Wednesday, the man who stepped out from the pilot’s seat was none other than the president himself, Ian Khama.