Botswana’s Vice President Mompati Merafhe Tuesday 6th April 2010 praised the role of the Church as a ‘moral authority’ in the country. Merafhe spoke at the official opening of the country’s Old Apostolic Church, highlighting how the Church had been a part of nation building initiatives such as the countries ‘Vision 2016’ scheme and its ‘social values committee’.
The country itself has a reputation for peace and stability, with one of Africa’s soundest economies and the confidence of both local and global investors. The church was singled out for its contributions to this stability, having been actively involved in donating many hundreds of thousands of the local currency, Pula to the needy, while providing an element of ‘stability’ to the country’s people.
The government has introduced a bold scheme to rid itself of poverty, setting up a Poverty Eradication Unit to do so. Vice President Merafhe, as head of the new initiative, extended his arms to the church and stated that government would be happy to welcome its participation in the process. Merafhe described the organisation as a ‘community of individuals which functions together to nurture each other and society’ – thus sending out a message about the values which the government wants to align itself with in its efforts to lead its people.