Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi will not be able to attend a Southern African regional meeting scheduled for Thursday aimed at discussing recent Mozambique attacks after one of his staff members tested Covid-19 positive.
As a result, Masisi was forced to self-quarantine at a time he was due to chair the important meeting, his office confirmed Tuesday.
Botswana is currently the chair of the SADC Troika whose purpose is to ensure regional peace and security.
Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique will be attending the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting, where they will discuss how they may assist Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province following Islamic State-linked attacks there.
Vice President Slumber Tsogwane will stand in for the President as the head of delegation.
The president’s press secretary, Batlhalefi Leagajang, said in a statement President Mokgweetsi Masisi self-quarantined was “out of (an) abundance of caution.”
Botswana has had about 46,600 Cases and 702 Deaths according to a report by Worldometer.