A week after local news papers in Botswana reported that the government has closed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Church Enlightened Christian Church (ECG) for not complying with some registrations ,yesterday it was business as usual at its Gaborone West branch.
Local media in Botswana reported that police officers allegedly attempted to lock down the building as per the government instruction prompting church authorities to seek legal intervention through their lawyer.
The Church, represented by attorney Thata Noke, made an urgent application before the Gaborone High Court challenging government’s decision.
Justice Terrence Rannowane however dismissed the application as he said there was nothing urgent about the application. “We do not know why the police would want to close down the church, that is why we sought the court assistance,” Noke said adding that the church has responded to Government with an appeal letter.
The report added that ,Government had given the church 28 days to appeal its decision to close down the church after its failure to comply with some registration clauses. “We have appealed and written to the Minister. We were told that the Minister will respond to our appeal before the end of this month. As things stand the church service will go on until the Minister responds,” she said.