By Chriselda Mashaba
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church on Friday happily welcomed the news that the newly elected President of Botswana, President Mokgweetsi Masisi reversed the travel restrictions imposed on him into entering the nation of Botswana under former president Ian Khama allegedly over security concerns.
Bushiri regarded the decision as a progressive move and said that it would help him to easily access Botswana and to resolve some of the compliance issues bedevelling ECG Botswana.
Addressing his congregation earlier this week, Major 1 expressed his gratitude to the current government regards the upliftment of the ban order.
“Being democratic means listening to the voice of the people, and the president respected the rights of his people. He is a great leader,” Bushiri said.
The Botswana’s Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DIS) director-general, Peter Magodi said in most cases, there was no evidence of security threats and that some of the allegations were baseless.
“We want to ensure government is not condemned internationally for being antagonistic.”
From Francistown, Botswana, Khuno Basupile who is a member of the replete ECG could not hide his excitement. He said, “Before Major 1 was banned, Francistown had 3 mines but now they’ve all been closed. I’m sure that the moment he sets his feet there, things will begin to change for Botswana. All those mines will be re-opened again.”
Gaborone under former President, Ian Khama in 2017 denied Bushiri access into Botswana who was set to be in the country for a conference by requesting him to acquire a VISA which is not a necessity for Malawian citizens who come into the country.
His spokesperson, Ephraim Nyondo said Bushiri is planning a visit to the nation of Botswana and would soon announce the dates.