Botswana de­ports anti-gay US pas­tor

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GABORONE — The Botswana gov­ern­ment has con­firmed the de­por­ta­tion of con­tro­ver­sial anti-gay pas­tor Steven An­der­son from the south­ern African coun­try.

The gov­ern­ment took to its of­fi­cial Twit­ter page to con­firm ru­mours of the pas­tor’s re­turn to his home in the United States, say­ing he had been “de­clared a pro­hib­ited im­mi­grant”.

An­der­son had pre­vi­ously been banned from en­ter­ing South Africa over his crit­i­cal re­marks about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and gay rights, with author­i­ties say­ing that he was in con­tra­ven­tion of cer­tain parts of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The out­spo­ken pas­tor took to his Face­book page shortly af­ter his visa was de­nied in South Africa and claimed his grat­i­tude for Botswana ac­cept­ing him.

BBC re­ported ear­lier that An­der­son was be­ing held at the coun­try’s im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment, await­ing his de­por­ta­tion.

Other re­ports in­di­cated that the pas­tor was set to be de­ported fol­low­ing a ra­dio in­ter­view. It, how­ever, re­mained un­clear what he spoke about dur­ing the in­ter­view. — News24.

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