The Desert Doctor

As we approach the Christmas one may ponder the challenge of living by Jesus’s example. Of course the Bible is full of passages about our sinful nature, e.g. (Romans 3:23): “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

There are, nonetheless, at least a few among us who do stand out for their humility, service and seeming ability to perform miracles. One such figure that comes to mind in this season of giving is the late Rev. Dr. Alfred Musgrave Merriweather (1918-99). For five and a half decades the “Desert Doctor” devoted himself tirelessly to the collective body and soul of Batswana.

Also known “Rramosesesane” (“the thin one”) and “RaBoitumelo” (“father of Joy”: his daughter), Merriweather among other things served as a member of the Legislative Council before becoming the first Speaker of Parliament, was the founding President of the Botswana Medical Association and in 1979-80 held the position of Moderator (Worldwide Leader) of the United Free Church of Scotland.

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This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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