|Botswanan President Ian Khama|
Professor Fombad also doesn't like that President Khama — clutch the pearls! — holds African leaders accountable and values its sovereignty: "But since President Ian Khama came to power, the country’s foreign position on many issues has been controversial, Fombad says. For example within SADC [Southern African Development Community], the country has been pushing for firmer and more decisive action against the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. It has also been outspoken about the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. But the country’s own most controversial action has been not merely the refusal to join the New Partnership for African Development/African Peer Review Mechanism (NEPAD/APRM), but the reason given for refusing to join: that it had nothing to learn, Fombad says. 'It has also refused to sign AU [African Union] and UN anti-corruption conventions, as well as many international human rights instruments. Years of receiving lavish praise as Africa’s least corrupt country and a shining example of democracy have given rise to good governance complacency and isolationism,' he observes."