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Batshu’s fall linked to Bushiri

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It was a big jubilee for Enlightened Christian Gathering church members and Prophet Shepherd Bushiri followers when Minister Edwin Batshu was dropped from cabinet last week. Their take is simple: He messed up with the wrong man in Bushiri. They are adamant that it was the prayers of Major One that removed the former Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Batshu from cabinet because ‘he had been giving the church a hard time.’ The battle between the two parties started last year when government denied Major One permission to enter the country, by requiring a VISA from him. Other court issues arose, with government accusing the leadership of running an illegal church.

It was found that the church was not registered and had not been submitting annual returns. At one point, the church had to be closed. But again, other than ECG, Batshu has been under scrutiny for allegedly attacking fire churches and deporting their foreign pastors. The stern Batshu in his reign said he was protecting citizens from wolves parading as men of God, or wolves in sheep’s skin as they are commonly known. Under him the nation saw the church shake especially those that were operating illegally. In 2012, one Apostle Francis Sakufiwa of New season’s Ministries was sent packing over suspicions that he was at the centre of a syndicate involved in crimes like drug-dealing, money laundering and tax evasion. Allegations of abuse of women and girls in the church were also leveled against him. Interestingly, Sakufiwa was the one who made Bushiri famous in Botswana by inviting him as a guest preacher and prophet at his mega conferences. Then, Bushiri was still new and largely unknown.

The Malawian-born Major One would prophesy in 2012 that he saw a dark cloud hovering over Botswana and warned that government should stop harassing foreign pastors as God wanted to make Botswana a great country through the church. “I see God using men of God to restore the joy of this country again. But government should stop fighting the church,” he was quoted by this publication then. Batshu also angered ECG members when he deported Prophet Brian Sovi, who is affiliated to them through Zimbabwean Prophet Eubert Angel, who is famously regarded as Major 1’s spiritual father. Sovi is also Angel’s spiritual son. Among others, the handsome and youthful Sovi was deported last year, for operating a church not registered and for charging congregants consultation fee of P1000 to see him one-on-one to receive prophecies about their lives.

Two weeks back, the former minister denied yet another man of the cloth from Mpumalanga Prophet Penuel Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries, entry into the country. Popularly known as ‘Snake Pastor’ for feeding his congregants snakes saying they would taste like chocolate, he was sent back from Sir Seretse Khama airport in the company of his wife and daughter over unclear reasons. Further, Batshu’s ministry was under siege among Christians at one point when government wanted church registration to be increased from 10 members to 250. Pastors felt this was punishment and interference of government over spiritual matters. And Batshu had to take the backlash. A movement of Bushiri’s followers who call themselves Sons and Daughters of Major One were more that happy last week when Batshu got sacked. “You touch Major One by mistake, you die by correction. It was Major One who fired him, good for him,” said one of them on Facebook.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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