Church Critical Stakeholder – VP

| April 6, 2015

Government is committed to working with churches at all times, the Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, has said.

Churches, he said, were important stakeholders in pursuit of Vision 2016 aspirations of building a moral and tolerant nation as well as a compassionate, just and caring nation.

Mr Masisi was speaking at The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) of Botswana’s annual conference at St Joseph College on Saturday (April 4). At the conference, the church also honoured its former leaders Pastor Johannes Kgwarapi and Pastor Petrus Mokoka.

Of late, the Vice President said, Botswana had been faced with challenges of mushrooming of new churches, some of which might have motives other than that of spreading the word of God. He said the Society (Amendment) Bill that Parliament recently adopted, was not meant to infringe on anyone’s freedom to worship.

He applauded AFM for teaching sound doctrine and sticking to the biblical principles. The church, he said, had contributed to nation building. Therefore, Mr Masisi encouraged young people to cling on to their faith and emulate the church’s veterans.

Mr Masisi applauded AFM for honouring its former leaders. He said the church indeed showed significant growth under the duo’s tutelage. He saluted Pastor Kgwarapi for his contribution during the infamous public service strike in 2011.

Pastor Kgwarapi, the VP said, was one of the people who helped to broker peace between government and trade unions. The pastor also availed his church building in Gaborone where negotiations were held. Mr Masisi said Pastor Kgwarapi’s deposition was memorable and he showed himself to be God sent.

In his welcome address, AFM Botswana President, Pastor Jobe Koosimile said this church came to Botswana in 1930s and its first branches were in Kanye, Molepolole Mahalapye and Francistown.

He said AFM now had branches in all major villages and urban centres, adding that Batswana were at the helm of the church leadership. BOPA

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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