(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- The president of Botswana is looking for a wife, but overweight women need not apply.
President Ian Khama, a retired general, is also one of Africa's most eligible bachelors. Elected in 2009, the 57-year-old's single status has become a national concern. Marriage and family are extremely valued in the southern African country.
Khama claims his schedule has prevented him from finding a wife, but says he has dispatched aides to find a suitable mate. His top requirement? She must be tall and slim -- in a country known for short, heavy-set women.
At a recent political party meeting he pointed to a woman and said, "I don't want one like this one. She may fail to pass through the door, breaking furniture with her heavy weight and even break the vehicle's shock absorbers."
The crowd reportedly laughed, but critics have called for the president to withdraw the comments, calling them sexist. Khama's supporters say it only proves the bachelor president still has a wicked sense of humor.
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