Botswana: Roving Torch Unites Nation

| April 25, 2016

Lentswelemoriti - Member of Parliament for Bobonong constituency says the roving torch that marks 50 years of independence from British rule signifies unity and pride by the nation that has enjoyed peace, prosperity and national unity in diversity.

Speaking during the passage of the roving torch in Lentswelemoriti on Saturday, Mr Shaw Kgathi called for the reflection of the rich heritage of the Babirwa and stated that over the past 50 years of self rule, Botswana had achieved a lot in terms of economic prosperity and good governance premised on multi-party democracy.

Mr Kgathi reminded residents of the village that at independence, Botswana was counted as one of the poorest countries in the world.

Concerning the historical discourse relating to the existence of Lentswelemoriti he said the history of how the village was established was interesting and as well as a sad story.

Mr Kgathi also Minister of Defence, Justice and Security said St Engenas of Zion Christian Church stood against all odds to establish a village in the midst of a game reserve where colonialists were against the idea. It is also a sad story in the sense that many of the church followers suffered and experienced hardships and ridicule on their way to finally settle at this place and described the village as home for asylum seekers who were running away from religious persecution, he stated.

"Lentswelemoriti was not just a village but a holy place that the church identified and purchased as a religious and place of worship than for economic reasons and that the place has a special significance to the history of Babirwa," he explained.

The MP highlighted that government through the leadership of President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama respected and believed in God and aspired to fulfill the commandments of God as espoused in the Bible.

Prior to independence, he said African Independent Churches were banned and was significant and worth celebrating that following the attainment of independence the constitution of Botswana extended freedom of worship to independent churches without exception.

Mr Kgathi said it was against this background that government allowed the village to preserve and maintain its religious identity it was agreed to the requirement of the church not to appoint a chief as an authority in the village.

"We as a government have developed policies and programmes that have sought equitable distribution of resources by providing free education, health care and care for orphans and old age" he added.

The MP said as the nation celebrated the roving torch, it was through the account of the current government that the country was now ranked a middle income country with fully developed educational, health and economic progress not comparable to many countries in the world citing high ratings in respect of the rule of law and low corruption index.

SOURCE: Botswana Daily News.

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