A controversial anti-gay pastor has been deported from Botswana a week after his arrival after attracting attention from local security authorities in a heated interview in a local radio station in the Southern African country reports The Botswana Guardian.
“We don’t want hate speech in this country. Let him do it in his own country,” said Botswana’s President Ian Khama, according to a social media post by the government
According Reuters the President called for the arrest and deportation of the United States Pastor after calling for gay people to be killed. The President further added that Pastor Steven Anderson had been put on a Visa watch after being banned from traveling to South Africa but slipped into Botswana before all border posts were fully alerted.
— Botswana Government (@BWGovernment) September 20, 2016
‘I have been banned from South Africa AND the United Kingdom. I am not even allowed to have a connecting flight in London.’ said the pastor in a Facebook post
Anderson, who arrived to Botswana from Ethiopia denied that he was being deported from Botswana.
“I am not being arrested. I am leaving Botswana voluntarily,” he told witnesses at the radio station, adding in the local Setswana language that he loved Botswana very much.
Anderson called for paedophiles and adulterers to be killed plus further saying that the Bible barred women from preaching in church during his radio interview on Tuesday
The 35-year-old American pastor called the people killed in the June shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando US “disgusting”. The Orlando attack, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, left 49 people dead.