President Ian Khama of Botswana said on Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his extreme and dangerous anti-gay views.
“He was picked up at the radio station. I said they should pick him up and show him out of the country,” Khama said in an interview. “We don’t want hate speech in this country. Let him do it in his own country.”
Anderson denied he was being deported.
“I am not being arrested. I am leaving Botswana voluntarily,” he told witnesses at the radio station.
Anderson who described the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., as “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says were worthy of death” also told a radio station during an interview on Tuesday that the Botswanan government should kill gays and lesbians. described the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., as “disgusting homosexuals who the Bible says were worthy of death.”
Anderson, who is a pastor at the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., arrived in Botswana on Sept. 15. The government of neighboring South Africa announced earlier this month that it had banned him from entering their countries. Anderson said he had arrived in Botswana last Thursday from Ethiopia.