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c THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 3A Clinton: Botswana a model democracy Children protest mother's execution t kill her boyfriend with a car bomb. Buenoano will become the first American woman to die in the electric chair since 1957. Two others have died by lethal injection. In addition, she will be the first woman to be executed in Florida since 1848, when a - y ' " " & i First lady meets victims of prejudice Vie Associated Press GABORONE, Botswana First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday met two Botswana women who have fought personal battles over racist and sexist discrimination. Over tea at the U.S. ambassador's residence, Mrs. Clinton talked to Ruth Khama, the widow of Botswana's founding president, Seretse Khama. The couple was exiled for five years because of their interracial marriage in the late 1940s. Botswana, then still a protectorate of England, refused the married couple readmission. Sir Seretse became president when Botswana gained independence in 1966 and governed until 1980. Mrs. Clinton also met Unity Dow, a Botswana woman whose children were denied Botswana citizenship because she had married a foreigner. By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau STARKE The surviving daughter and son of "Black Widow" killer Judias Buenoano pleaded for her life Sunday on the eve of Florida's first execution of a woman in the electric chair. "We say stop the killing now," said daughter Kimber-ly Hawkins. "Do not turn her blood into charcoal." Inside the rural north Florida prison at Starke, Buenoano requested a last meal of steamed asparagus , and broccoli, tomato and lemon wedges, black pepper, fresh strawberries and hot tea. She met with family members and friends Sunday night, but they said she chose to be alone, without a spiritual adviser, for the final hours before her scheduled 7 a.m. execution. Prosecutors say it was with just such calm that she poisoned her husband James Goodyear with arsenic in Orlando in 1971 to collect insurance money. She was also convicted of killing her firstborn son, Michael, who drowned wearing 50 pounds of leg braces, and of trying to jlJillllSgJI'Ulll, I Riverbridge Center 13 6832 Forest Hill Blvd. 11 Il l 11 u I ttM rami nctuii I The Palm Beach Post 1" I 1 't '', ."! , ... , l L. r 11 ' , continent, he will encourage more African nations to embrace democracy and will spark support in America for assisting them in reforms. "At your independence three decades ago, Botswana was among the poorest countries on Earth, with only 2 miles of paved roads and one public secondary school," Clinton told a few thousand people on the lawn of the president's official residence in the capital. 'Today, you have a vibrant economy, a network of major highways, almost full enrollment in primary schools and the longest average life span in sub-Saharan Africa." Since gaining its independence from Britain in 1964, the Texas-sized country has held regular, free and fair elections, and it has a remarkably good record for upholding human rights. The current president, 72-year-old Ketumile Masire, is stepping down Tuesday after 18 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Clinton is greeted as he arrives in Kasane, Botswana on Sunday. He will go on a safari along the Chobe River on Monday. :The country epitomizes : the African j Renaissance Clinton ; hs been plugging during his trip. .' LosAngeles Times ' ; GABORONE, Botswana ; President Clinton traveled Sun-; day from Africa's youngest de-; mdcracy to' its oldest, where he ' praised the government and peo-: pie of Botswana for being a model ; for the rest of the continent for 30 ; years. ' "We have seen the promise of a new Africa whose roots are deep ' here in your soil, for you have bei?n an inspiration to all who cherish freedom," Clinton told a ; crowd after arriving here from South Africa, just to the south. : i Botswana, the fifth African country the president has visited, epitomizes the African Renais- '. sahce that Clinton has been plugging throughout his trip. It is j Cljnton's hope that Botswana's success will encourage other Af- rioan nations, such as South Afri-, ca'r that face greater obstacles in ; their paths to stability. ! Clinton started his day in .' South Africa going to services at ! the Regina Mundi Roman Catho-'. lie church, which served as a refuge for members of the popu-' lar movement that replaced the j country's apartheid system with ; democracy four years ago. - "I am profoundly honored to ; be in this great house of God, i which is also a great shrine of freedom, for it was here that you I and the people before you gath-', ered to stand for the freedom of ! the people of South Africa when it j was denied you," Clinton said at the church in Soweto, the ! sprawling slum outside Johannesburg. I -The congregation of about I7OOO in the church gave him a standing ovation when he walked to Jhe altar to speak. During Clinton's three days in South Africa, he repeatedly urged the leaders and the people not to be discouraged about the long path to right the wrongs of apartheid and build their new society. At the church, he reminded V IlilJ IILUl freed slave named Ce-lia was hanged for the murder of her master. g? Share f'r'CN vour opinions at Palm Beach Interactive: wwtv.GoPBI.com Last-minute appeals by Buenoano 's lawyers were rejected Sunday by a federal appeals court in Atlanta and the Florida Supreme Court. Attorneys continued with other appeals including one to the U.S. Supreme Court, but prison officials said barring any late-night court order to the contrary they were ready to proceed with the execution in the wooden electric chair known as Old Sparky. Hawkins, was joined outside the prison Sunday evening by her brother, James Goodyear. They left in tears, declining to add to the statement Hawkins read. I One Day Pass Call 561-966-4653 years as president, and his vice president, Festus Mogae, will take over until elections next year. Botswana's economy is so good that the Peace Corps late last year decided to end its projects here, and the U.S. Agen cy for International Development has stopped direct assistance. Trade and foreign investment have supplanted aid from the United States. Later Sunday, Clinton announced that the United States plans to start a radio service similar to the Voice of America aimed at promoting democracy in Africa. Then he set off to spend two days enjoying one of Botswana's natural riches its wildlife. The president and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, traveled to northern Botswana to go on safari and take a brief break from the hectic pace of their African odyssey. 1 'WjIH'' 1 , guaramees a vaiue equai 10 . . I or greater than the cost of Only one coupon per person per visit I your newspaper every day. may be used. Valid 330 - 4598. J Please patronize our Daily Deal Merchants! Your zip code llrfn? air niirrriFANiNr. fp r f ONLY! FREE rOJUU IJiAPU 3 SPECIAL! No Limit on Vents. Per Reg No Charge for Air Handler (reg. $79). Video, audio and updates at Palm Beach Interactive: nPRI rim the crowd that the first black South African to win a medal at the Olympics was Josiah Tung-wane, a marathoner. 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