Although the ruling party lead by the Vice President Slumber Tsogwane were against the motion, the Parliament in Botswana adopted on Tuesday a document on requesting the government to allow churches to hold prayers for the month of September to fight COVID-19. This is however a controversial decision. Opposants say coronavirus doesn’t need prayer but instead social distancing. „We should be worried about the world having vaccines soon and our country possibly being one of those declared red zones while the rest of the world moves on,” they warned and even concluded: „The thinking that we need prayer is honestly the reason this continent is backward.”
Many people in Botswana, which is not entirely a religious country, believe prayer may serve as motivation but has never been and will never be a replacement for actual effort made by the scientific world and ordinar people who respect the prevention’s rules. Botswana is a multicultural society anchored on the principles of secularism, which separates governance from religion. What activists in the country ask now are more funding to university scientists, mass testing, more ventilators, food for the poor, income grants for the unemployed, and protection of the workers against brute exploitation. Pragmatic solutions are the hope and the Prime Minster who spent time about the religious motion was criticized.