Bishop in Botswana Encourages Eligible Voters to Elect Socially Responsible Candidates

Bishop Frank Nubuasah of Gaborone in Botswana

As citizens of Botswana prepare to take part in general elections slated to take place next Wednesday, October 23, a Bishop in the landlocked Southern Africa country has encouraged eligible voters to participate in the poll, seeking to elect candidates that promote human welfare through social responsibility, Vatican news reported.

“Our participation in political life requires that we promote: The sacredness of human life, human dignity, support for marriage and family, social responsibility and respect of the common good, the just sharing of resources and wealth and compassionate solidarity with the poor and marginalized,” Bishop Frank Nubuasah of Gaborone in Botswana said in a letter addressed to the people of Botswana.

In his pastoral letter, Bishop Nubuasah has reminded the electorate that “It is important that we listen carefully to each one of them (candidates) and not let emotions take over our hearts and minds.” 

“To vote, you must know who you are voting for and what he/she stands for,” Ghanaian-born Bishop Nubuasah said.

He expressed his awareness of the challenges Botswana continues to face saying, “Although our democracy is more than 50 years, we do have major challenges as a nation.” 


Some of the immediate challenges Bishop Nubuasah has highlighted in his pastoral letter include “rising youth unemployment, (lack of) quality education that prepares (citizens) for the marketplace, the (need for) diversification of the economy from mining and tourism, poverty and corruption.”

According to Bishop Nubuasah, Christians have a moral obligation to participate in political life and further help in bringing about a more just society.

He emphasized in his pastoral letter that “Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel) writes that, “Responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”

“Pope Francis encourages us to get involved in politics in whatever way possible to promote social responsibility and respect for the common good,” the Prelate said and added, “Let us shape the future of our country by participating fully in the elections and pray for peaceful, free and fair general elections this year.”

At stake in the general elections are 57 directly contested parliamentary constituencies and 490 local government positions.

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According to media reports, Botswana has been gripped by a political divide between former president Ian Khama and his successor, the incumbent Mokgweetsi Masisi.

For the first time, the ruling BDP party will go into an election without a stronghold as the former President khama has rallied support for the opposition Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) and The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC).

BDP has ruled the country without interruption since it attained its independence from Britain in 1966.