Saturday, July 20, 2024

Prayer for rain

Old Naledi residents led by priests from various church denominations descended the area’s main Kgotla to pray for rains.
A semi-arid country, Botswana has had little rains for the past consecutive years with last year’s rainy season being recorded as the worst.
There are fears the same fate can befell the land-locked Southern African country, although the recent weather forecast points to a considerable summer drizzling season.
“When God created the Earth he instructed the Chiefs to rule the land and their subjects…but that is not the case today as the chiefs have been relegated to nothing,” decried Moruti Makuku at the praying session.
He said the trend has been going on until in recent years when the chiefs no longer played an important role in the eyes of their subjects.
“Morafe used to come to their chief’s place or Kgotla to ask for rain let alone the power to heal the troubles gripping the nation,” Makuku said, adding the chiefs were a symbol of hope for the nation.
Such gesture alone provided the nation with all the necessities as it was sanctioned from the bible.
From the book of books, the chiefs or Kings as referred in the bible were answerable to their people and lived in harmony, the priest citing King Solomon and David.
“We are besieged with all these troubles and problems because we do not live according to the God’s dictates,” Makuku noted, insisting “ordinary chiefs should be respected and have a say in the modern Botswana.”
A predominantly unemployed ridden area, quite a good number of residents of the low income Old Naledi location make ends meet catching fish in the Gaborone Dam- a supplier of water services to Gaborone City Council and the peripheral villages which is within their vicinity.
While some of their peers work for a paltry income at the industrial firms such as the textile industries, the fishermen sell their catch to passing vehicles along the Old Lobatse road.
With the Gaborone Dam on the verge to go dry in few months and the water level quickly draining day by day, Batlhaping livelihood is on the edge.
“We are currently making some money because of the catch we make as fishes fight for dwindling water resources,” revealed one fisherman Tshepho along Old Lobatse road showcasing his day’s catch.
He however admits their social lives are on tenterhooks as the Dam looks set to dry up soon, meaning they have to resort to something else including pick-pocketing.
The meteorological services predict good rains end of October although not committal, citing the unpredictable climate changes.
The Water Affairs Department has even started rationing water services to the residents with Friday the running water services temporarily cut for some time.
Should the rains be delayed, Old Naledi like the rest of other Gaborone City locations will see the day cuts spill to another.
The sermon ranged from praying for rain, HIV/AIDS endemic to poor standard of education displayed by primary schools leavers in the area.
“I believe none of you here are in a hurry to think we are wasting their time,” said Old Naledi customary court chief Charles Keoitsiwe as the sermon discussed a string of issues grappling the society amid spontaneous prayers and hymns.
The prayers are a wake-up call as pleaded by president Ian Khama of late for the nation across the country to pray for rain in his “Month of prayer” calendar this September.
It is still yet to rain as prayers and scientific methods fight for space and recognition amid promising grey skies.


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