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PRESIDENTIAL HOUSING APPEAL STILL UNDER OP
11/12/18

SEROWE - The Vice President, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, says the Presidential Housing Appeal remains with Office of the President whilst National Housing Appeal is led by the immediate former president.

Whilst acknowledging the impact of the National Housing Appeal under the office of the former president, Lt Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the VP explained that the Presidential Housing Appeal would continue to operate with its mandate of appealing to Batswana to provide shelter for the less privileged.
He was speaking at a handing over of a house to Ms Khuduego Nthosi in Serowe, built by the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) at the tune of P200 000.
Mr Tsogwane appealed to individuals, businesses and groups to emulate ECG by participating in community service.
He said the ECG gesture of building a house for Ms Nthosi drove towards attainment of Vision 2036 pillar of Human and Social Development. 
The VP commended ECG for their benevolence.
“What brought us here this morning is the concern for the well being of others,” said the VP who added that the handing over of the house heralded ECG’s milestones towards fulfillment of their social responsibility. 
Mr Tsogwane echoed ECG’s claims that it was in their best interest to address basic accommodation as one of the critical factors of social determinants of divinity.
On other issues, the VP thanked ECG for fully sponsoring two students to study certificate in early childhood education. 
He said the two graduates would add into the pool of qualified professionals to transform basic education. The VP also clarified that government was alive to the impasse between itself and the church and therefore promised an amicable solution to the said impasse. In fact, the VP said government was closer to resolving the impasse.
Mr Tsogwane also stated that government had also noted a problem with the local Zion Christian Church and the church’s headquarters in South Africa. 
ECG Botswana national pastor who also oversees half of SADC Apostle Tannah Israel praised Botswana government, which he termed Godly anointed, for allowing its citizens to freely worship. 
He said serving God was not only spiritual, but also physical and hence his church going all out to build a physical structure for the needy family.
He said through his Beacon of Hope Trust, Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, founder of ECG, touched lives of both ECG members and non-members. 
Though he said there were no available funds at the inception to erect the structure, so members had to contribute and raise funds for the two bed roomed house which has been electrified. The church further erected fence and connected water into the yard. BOPA

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