I am writing this letter to refute some misinformation that appeared in the letter entitled "Who shall save the Anglicans?" which appeared in Mmegi of the 20th November 2008.
I am appalled to read the letter written by someone who claims to be a member of my church from Tonota. I wonder which planet this fellow parishioner is coming from to fail to read the truth of what has been going on since the suspension of these seven priests.
In fact when the writer asks "why should people suffer at the expense of a few?" and proceeds to say "Anglicans are suffering because of Bishop Mwamba", it clearly shows that s/he is one of the sycophants of these seven clergy who embarked on the devil's intent to destroy the very church that they claim to lead.
If people refuse to follow the Constitutions and Canons that guide their church, surely they should feel free to move on and start their own church which has no Constitution and Canons.
The majority of Anglicans have actually suffered humiliation brought to their church by these few clergy and their protŽgŽs. These people must never take silence to mean contentment with what they have been doing. I speak for the parish of Francistown where I worship and where one of these clergy once served a few years ago.
The long and short of what I can say is that this particular clergy was an embarrassment to all of us. We were actually relieved when the Bishop transferred him to Tonota. It should be understood by all and sundry that real Anglicans who are aware of how the Anglican Church is administered and its relations with the Anglican Communion, have never suffered under all the previous Bishops who were non-locals and are not suffering at all under Bishop Trevor Mwamba who is also not a local.
The unanimous vote for him to become Bishop a few years ago is a clear sign that he is loved by most people in this diocese and that he is of the calibre that people want. This new onslaught on his person is a deliberate attempt by a few disgruntled clergy especially the so called "concerned clergy" who thought that Bishop Trevor Mwamba would play to their tune.
More so to suggest that "there is no transparency in the diocese of Botswana, more especially with the use of our money. "We pour hordes of money to the diosces [sic] and we never get feedback" can only be said by someone who does not understand how the Anglican Church functions.
The Diocese as, we know it, has a Treasurer who makes public the financial situation of the diocese every time the Diocesan Standing Committee meets. In fact what we hear from the Standing committee is that many parishes are lagging behind in their assessments including the parish where the writer worships - Tonota.
That in itself makes one wonder where the "hordes of money" are coming from. No wonder there is this rumour that Trevor has stolen P8.8 million. This is a piece of untruth which no sane person should ever take seriously.
With the appalling collections that we take in our churches, there is no way that any one could suggest that a particular parish is sending "hordes of money to the diosces" [sic].
For all we know, the diocesan financial report is given at every sitting of the Diocesan Standing Committee as well as every session of Diocesan Synod.
Should anyone have any questions, they should raise them through their representatives to these meetings. I also need to reiterate what have been said before, that it is false to suggest that the Bishop is "always flying overseas [sic], but he does not visit local parishes". Please note that I speak for our parish here in Francistown.
We have had the Bishop's visitation more than three times this year, and in those visits he has also had time to visit outstations such as Moroka village and Makaleng village.
Our understanding is that our Bishop is not just a local Bishop but is part and parcel of the whole church of God and as such, he has local, national as well as international responsibilities.
More so as an educated Bishop, he is also known world wide for his good leadership as such is invited to speak at different forums where people need his wisdom. Such a thing should actually make us fellow Anglicans in this Diocese proud instead of being jealousy.
With regards to the issue of foreign clergy, I can only say this bigotry couched in nationalistic language is now a pain to most of us.
For all we know, this diocese has always had clergy coming from outside this country and in our parish we have been served extremely well by these foreign clergy.
In fact I should say it loud and clear that these foreign clergy are far much better than our own local clergy.
As a Motswana, I am not ashamed to inform the nation that the foreign clergy work hard and seem to understand what ministry constitutes as opposed to our own clergy who seem to think that they will suddenly turn to be good clergy when they pull the nationalistic card.
Most of these local clergy are not wanted at all in the places where they are serving because of the despicable things that they have done there. So to cry about the foreign clergy as if Bishop Trevor is the first Bishop to hire foreign clergy is a high sounding nothing to me.
In my view, none of these local clergy qualifies for the high offices which they are clamouring for since most of these are barely three years in ministry, the others have vacillated between the Anglican Church and other churches which makes them armateurs in the Anglican ethos.
More so the others have received no theological training at all, which makes us wonder in this day and age when every Motswana child is going to school and the Government is awarding scholarships to many Batswana to be educated.
How will such clergy minister to these children of ours when they return, let alone being their Bishops? To cap it all, people must never be fooled that these clergy told any truth.
In fact no matter how we lie, the truth will always come out, even those like the writer of the letter in Mmegi of the 20th November 2008, will realise that s/he has been fooled by these people.
Let me end by saying that Bishop Mwamba is an astute Bishop, who is articulate, honest and hardworking. He is not doing any harm to the Diocese of Botswana.
He has never gone to the press to spread lies, he has never gone to the civil court to solve Church matters.
All that we ask from people who write in this manner is facts and not just utter things that have been proven to be a deliberate ploy to have Mwamba resign. Bishop Mwamba is the best Bishop that this Diocese can ever have. Even if he were to resign, I am rest assured that none of the 'concerned clergy' will be voted in to be the next Bishop of this Diocese given the facts that I have highlighted above.
I conclude by saying that the Anglican Church is already saved by the ALMIGHTY God and people of God must never be side-tracked by those who are power-hungry and xenophobic.As faithful Anglicans,we should pray for our Bishop and for our Diocese and desist from wasting time spreading lies in the local media.
Faithful Motswana Parishioner