When greeting people it is always best to use your left hand, as the right is used for toiletry uses(understand?)also it is considered extremely rude to turn down any invitations of food,dinner etc.. as the people are poor and an offering of food is a blessing upon you.Also there is great respect for elders so always give up your seat, place in a que etc..for a much older person.People here are very warm and friendly with a strong traditional value system and culture.
Just in front of the Parliament Building is a statue of Sir Seretse Khama (1 July 1921-13 July 1980). Khama was actually the King of Tswana tribe and went to study in England after Word War II. In 1948 he married an English woman, Ruth Williams, and was striped of his chieftainship because he had broken tradition. He was exiled in England until 1963 when he returned to found the multi-racial Bechuanaland Democratic Party (BDP). This party supported the peaceful development of the country on a non-racial equality basis which still serves Botswana, to its credit, even today. On 30 September 1966 the country gained independence from Great Britain and Khama became the countries first President.
On his statue is this quote:
“Human dignity, like justice and freedom, is the common heritage of all men.”
The Parliament of Botswana has 2 parts: The National Assembly and the House of chiefs. The National Assembly is the all-elected lower house which is responsible for producing legislation. The upper house, the House of chiefs partly elected and partly made up of chiefs of the larger tribes inside Botswana.