Much of that country's success is owed to Sir Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, former president of Botswana and a central figure in that country's remarkable transformation from British colony to multiparty democracy.
He served throughout that transition as vice president from 1966 to 1980 and president from 1980 to 1998.
Mandela found temporary asylum in Botswana prior to his trial in South Africa in 1964, when he was sentenced to life in prison on charges of sabotage.
President Kabbah was later joined by President Festus Gontebanye Mogae at the Government guest house in Gaborone, were both Presidents held fruitful discussions on several issues of mutual benefit especially in the Mining and Tourism sectors.
President Kabbah also visited Orapa and Letlhakane Mines in Orapa where he was welcomed at the airport by senior members of the mines and school children and people of the locality.
President Kabbah recalled an earlier discussion with the President of Botswana when he enquired about how they have been so successful in managing their diamond deposits, and his response was that Botswana has Kimberlite mining, which is easier to police than the alluvial mining in Sierra Leone.
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