FRANCISTOWN: Prophet Uebert Angel’s wife, Beverly has found herself at the centre of a storm in Botswana after her overzealous bodyguards pushed and shoved crowds gathered for a ceremony she was guest of honour.
Some city councillors who attended the handover of eight houses to the destitute last week Friday, have been left furious after the bodyguards ruined the occasion. It is not clear she was given the honour.
Prophestess Beverly came with her security entourage from Zimbabwe and the beefy men kept pushing people not to get too close to her. Councillor for Ikageleng ward Tabengwa Tabengwa said he was shocked by the level of aggression.
"I was invited to the event as the area councillor but I wish I had not come to the event in the first place. They even recognised the presence of their prophet more than that of Duke Masilo from the Office of the President and this didn't sit well with us," he said.
Tabengwa said he blamed the City Council for giving the church the power to officiate at the event and it resembled a church service.
"After the event I had a word with Peter Ngoma and pointed out that protocol was not observed. He promised to raise our concerns with the church leaders," noted Tabengwa. He added that even president Ian Khama's security is not comparable with that woman's.
Another councillor who attended the event, Stanley Masalila, said he was also not impressed with how the church controlled the event. "The prophet's security personnel were pushing people. They did not want me to get inside the house and tour it with the pastor. They blocked my way when I wanted to get inside. I even complained to former Mayor Ngoma. I thought as the former Mayor he knows and understands how protocol should be done in the country. We cannot allow to be pushed and controlled by people from other countries in our own country! They have to know how things operate in Botswana," fumed Masalila.
He added: "I did not understand what their problem was because we are free in Botswana. We are a country of peace. I think they should know that their prophet is not God, therefore should treat people with respect. Looking at their behaviour, I would not want to visit their church," said Masalila.
Masalila said that he even told some church elders that he was not impressed at how they officiated at the event.
When reached for comment the church's resident pastor Daniel Morupisi explained that they have to offer security to their prophet because many people usually mob her to get closer to her.
"If we allow the public to touch her - as some believe it can bring them blessings- there would be congestion," he said. "We have to offer enough security to avoid mobbing. We do this everywhere, even when we go internationally. I cannot deny nor disagree that people were pushed because I did not see that happening. Furthermore, no one has complained of being pushed," he said. MMEGI