The US Government through their Embassy in Gaborone has distanced itself from the statement uttered by the controversial anti-gay cleric Pastor Steven Anderson. In a press briefing Deputy Chief of Mission Timothy Smith said Anderson’s statement did not represent that of the US government as he came to Botswana as a private citizen and his views were contrary to that of their government. “We believe in the freedom of expression and religion and are totally against the persecution of gays and lesbians as they have equal rights like any other person. His views don’t conform to the policy of the US government,” revealed Smith.
Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church has said that the Bible calls for the stoning to death of gays and lesbians and that school going teenagers who fall pregnant must be killed. He was immediately detained by the Directorate of Intelligence Security Services (DISS) operatives after his interview on Gabz FM where he was engaged in a heated debate with Pastor Mampane and Cain Youngman of LEGABIBO. On his deportation from Botswana on Monday afternoon, Smith said that they do not have any comment on that as it is the prerogative of Botswana government.
“As far as we are concerned we did not receive any information that he was tortured by the security agents even his church members didn’t come to us to register a complaint,” he said. In an interview with international media, President Ian Khama said that he ordered the arrest and deportation of Pastor Anderson after he said gays and lesbians must be killed. “He was picked up at the radio station. I said they should pick him up and show him out of the country,” Khama was quoted.