The Dawn of an Era in Botswana

01 Apr 2019

By Shirley Segokgo

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Mokgweetsi (Driver), Eric (Ruler), Keabetswe(it is given to me), Masisi (Meticulous, Circumspect).

Of the greatness his government and peace there will be no end.

Allow me to use this very apt description above, to apply to the current Government Regime. Mind you the Prophet Isaiah in chapter 9:6,7 was referring to a Spiritual Kingdom as opposed to a five year term, of, a democratically elected Government.

God in His Supremacy has set by His own authority times and seasons of man, as well as Countries as we have taken note of with the nation of Israel(His chosen people), Moses, Joshua,.....,David, Solomon, ......, Saul (renamed Paul). There is such a destiny for both individuals and Countries. And real destinies are vested in what God has ordained as contained in man’s Manual, the bible. The Creator, God despite having formed the universe out of nothing determined that man would be in His image, but He says to man to choose being subject to Him God or the World. Now depending on whether or not one is so driven from the innermost soul oftentimes a man’s choice will go with the flow, and not ruffle feathers. Such is a common destiny for man.

But for those with uncommon destinies, it shall not be smooth. Since the drive is uncommon, notwithstanding, they will go against the current, or the storm and exhibit what in the face of common man is simply termed courage.

Examples of such courage abound in the bible with notable biblical leaders, whose destinies were foretold, yet went against the norm and faced what appeared insurmountable challenges but they soldiered on and prevailed. People like Moses, David, Jesus and the Apostles faced such. Those individuals found established systems and norms but their destinies were to impact significantly for the greater communities the life of the people they were to lead.

What can also be said of such impactful Leaders is that they rose from humble background as against those who had been groomed from birth. One could say they were hidden until the time of their manifestation as leaders in the destiny for which they would be remembered, differently to those who had gone before them.

Now what we as Batswana have witnessed following the formation of the 11th Parliament is akin to a season which is birthed in the heavens or a defining moment of an individual and Country. This Godsend was shrouded in the seemingly bootlicking utterances for which the anointed leader became notorious for up untill his unveiling on Inauguration. For God’s plan to come about this was a necessary phase as otherwise the divine plan would have been aborted. Just like Moses was discovered floating in the river by Pharoh’s daughter.

Until 2014,HE M E K  Masisi was taken lightly, compounded by his utterances about “Bolope”. But that fateful day in Parliament when his name was brought forth for endorsement as VP, marking now the next President in accordance with the Constitution and practice, can be likened to opening a wrapped parcel. Anticipation and surprise combined. It certainly was not foreseen and left shock in some corners. Unlike his predecessor it did not follow an analysis before the crowning but was a Godly intervention.

Without going into that in detail one need to look no further than the anointing of David in the bible. David was anointed by Prophet Samuel as the next King ahead of his more suited brothers in the eyes of the World. But then again it is said God looks at the heart whereas man looks at the outward appearance. The advent of the Messiah too was missed by the World at the time too, except the Wise Men realized that a Great man had been born. They went on to pay homage to a King in a manger.

When the unlikely or unthinkable happens as humans we have no words but to acknowledge that it is of God. At the onset of such momentous events it is usually only a few, God chosen Seers who will know that a great transition is in motion, as when Samuel secretly anointed David while Saul was on the throne. Simeon had such a moment when he held Jesus Christ and knew whom it was and “now your servant can rest in peace.....”.

History in the absence of the Prophetic informs us or directs us, just being a record of what has been. Idioms, proverbs and common sayings, informative are not to be glossed over as they invariably embody keen observations handed down over the years. Despite the culture one might be embracing, such is what guides those with the desire not to go from pillar to post.

For those whose focus is on the spiritual as opposed to the flesh, Prophecy is heeded. On the other hand those who are more carnal, sayings carried over from Generation to Generation are taken note of. The names people are given have a lot to do with channelling the energies and destinies of Individuals.

A name is the first Prophecy or Declaration that an individual will get. Even in Setswana there is a saying “Ina lebe seromo”, meaning the inverse is true. In addition it is also common to cede over the identity of an ancestor to a descendant. This comes laden with a package which is more spiritual and not that  well understood.

Now indeed in ”Mokgweetsi”  we have a DRIVER. The second name being “Eric”. In Googling the name Eric, what came up follows.

The name Eric, is a Norse baby name. In Norse, the meaning of the name Eric is : Ever or Eternal Ruler; Island Ruler; Famous Bearer; 10th Century Norwegian Explorer Eric the Red.

“Keabetswe” simply translated is to be given, but it embodies being given not having solicited, or God given.

Lastly “Masisi” carries with it the aspect of taking care, being meticulous and reverent fear

The advent of His Excellency Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi ascendance to the Presidency was heralded by an unprecedented litany of Prophecies exhorting prayers to be made for him as well as indicating that he will do a lot. One Prophecy even went as far as to equate him to “Joshua” who ushered the children of Israel to Canaan, the promised land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Whether one wants to take note of such foretelling or not, this compares to what is contained in the bible concerning significant births in God’s plans.

With the above said, one can conclude that in HE Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi we have an answer from God in response to our prayers. The prayers having been offered through our National Anthem or lamentations of individuals and public at large, in the past. Assuming such to be the case, then we shall regret, should we, as the electorate within the BDP or Botswana as a whole, do not open our eyes and see the gem that is set before us.

Let me end by saying that, on this occasion I choose to go the route of spiritual to give an assessment of what is before us, in the person of HE MEK Masisi. Rest assured though that on a Worldly viewpoint or Governance Perspective, the pointers are quite positive and significant.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted , all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or loose our ventures”. William Shakespeare

May God’s mercies be with HE MEK Masisi and Batswana at large.

Romans 13:1 – 7; 1 Timothy 2: 1 – 3; 1 Peter 2:17; Jeremiah 29:7