Disney World, another unfulfilled promise?

  • Tsogwane says they discussed a deal, but did not sign it
  • ”The President and his Vice are very excitable”- Gobotswang, opposition MP


Vice President Slumber Tsogwane, told parliament last week that government has not signed a deal with Disney World as promised by the President in the run-up to the 2019 elections. “We have made a deal, but we have not signed a deal,” Tsogwane told the house.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi told a Gaborone region Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) general meeting in March of 2019 that they had signed a deal with Disney World to transform Gaborone into an international tourism and leisure destination. “They focus on making people happy and bringing tourists. I want tourists in this country. I am very committed to making Gaborone an international venue center and this will bring revenue to our country,” the president added.

Opposition Member of Parliament for Sefhare-Ramokgonami, Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang responded to the announcement saying, “The Vice President has a tendency of not only contradicting himself but also contradicting the President. The President has clearly stated that Botswana has struck a deal with Disney World, contrary to what Tsogwane told parliament.

He(Tsogwane) misled parliament when he said the Disney deal suffered because Disney World did not want to work directly with governments. It has emerged that they have collaborated with governments around the world before. The problem with our presidency is that they make premature announcements.”