Botswana: Pastor Prays for Masire’s Mozambique Mission

Seventh Day Adventist Church’s (SDA), Pastor Gift Mpofu has prayed for the second president, Sir Ketumile Masire, to have a successful mediatory task between warring factions in Mozambique.

Pastor Mpofu made the prayer in Gaborone on Saturday during the awarding of honorary certificates to couples who had been in marriage for 50 years.

He said Sir Ketumile, who left for Mozambique on Sunday, needed the guidance of God to make the two warring parties of main opposition party Renamo and government to come together and realise the implications brought about on civilians and the entire region.

Pastor Mpofu said he was optimistic that everything would go according to plan.

Mozambique newspapers are quoted as saying; “London-based Global Leadership Foundation (GLF) has informed AIM that Sir Ketumile will be one of the international mediators in future dialogue between the Mozambican government and the country’s main opposition party, Renamo”.

Another name linked to the appointment of international mediators is Baroness Lynda Chalker, a former British minister who was given honorary Mozambican citizenship by the government of the then president Armando Guebuza.

It is reported that in the past, Renamo has refused to take part in any dialogues without the presence of international mediators. Instead of talking, it has continued with its armed attacks on civilians in the centre of the country.

Reports notes that the government of Mozambique was initially opposed the use of foreign mediators. However, in June it ceded to Renamo’s demand and a Joint Commission formed between government and Renamo sent out the first set of invitations.

Source: Botswana Daily News