The Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) has added to its watch list a number of church ministers believed to be subversives who preach anti-establishment messages.
A Ministers’ Fraternal Meeting held at the Trinity Church on Thursday raised fear that the fraternity had been infiltrated by the DISS.
This was after a number of church ministers, among them Reverend Mosweu Simane and Reverend Gabriel Tsuaneng were approached by security agents to make statements implicating Pastor Thuso Tiego and Pastor Keleneilwe Kgeretlho in preaching subversive anti-establishment messages during the late Botswana Movement for Democracy President Gomolemo Motswaledi’s memorial services.
Reverend Simane and Tsuaneng, however refused to make the statements.
Pastor Tiego who is reported to be on the DIS watch list was recently fired from the government radio station under curious circumstances. The pastor who presented a Radio Botswana popular early Sunday morning Christian programme was fired following a directive allegedly from the Office of the President. Tiego told the media recently that the Information and Broadcasting General Manager Lesole Obonye had informed him that the instruction to fire him came from above. He was however, not told ┬áif the directive had come from the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mokgweetsi Masisi or President Ian Khama.
Another church minister reported to be on the DISS watch list is UCCSA Reverend Dumi Mmualefe who writes a weekly column in the Mmegi Monitor ÔÇô Kingdom-o-Meter. Ironically, the church that is at the receiving end of the DISS surveillance is on the UCCSA, traditionally believed to be sympathetic to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.
┬áThe fear and lack of trust in the church is reported to be frustrating efforts to unite┬á the churches organizations: The Botswana Council of Churches which represent mainstream churches, the Organization of African Instituted Churches which represents indigenous churches and has the largest following and the evangelical Fellowship which is an organization of┬á Pentecostal Churches.