By David Mandiyanike, Broadhurst, Gaborone, Botswana

The attendance of Sir Ketumile Masire at the funeral wake of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Ngorosha is testimony that The United Methodist Church is making inroads in indigenizing the church in Botswana. The burial service of was conducted on Sunday 19 April in Broadhurst, Gaborone.


The former Head of State attended midweek services prior to the burial service and donated two beasts for the funeral.

The church has seen participation by high ranking Batswana personalities in a number of its activities in Gaborone. St. James is a United Methodist Church based in the heart of the Capital City of Botswana which was predominantly a “diaspora church” largely composed of Zimbabweans living in that nation. In recent years the church has attracted locals, a move seen as one which will help remove the “diaspora church” tag.

Despite the fact that the former President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire had a close working relationship the late husband of Elizabeth, his presence together with other locals are a telling sign that the church has blended well.

The Nhoroondo crew (St. James Communications Committee) also learnt that the former President is the Patron of the newly formed Vabvuwi choir which he aptly named ‘Sediba sa lorato’ meaning – tsime rerudo/ fountain of love. The choir has since acquired ngoma nehosho (African drum and shakers), and they are in the process of recording their first album.

Such public of show of support by high profile figures is indeed ample testimony of the efforts members and the church are making in connecting with the Batswana society.