The congregants some clad in their different church's regalia drawn from various groupings and ages walked holding candles and singing church hymns to the mission.
The walk started with a holy mass led by St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church Reverend Father Simon Ratikane before the church's normal services resumed which was graced by the presence of Principal Chief of Matsieng, Chief Seeiso Bereng popularly known as Tšoana Mantata, accompanied by his wife and a parliamentarian Mr. Thuso Litjobo from Koro Koro.
Speaking at the end of the church service, Tšoana Mantata said he had come to put out fire as St. Joseph's Mission was up in flames, referring to last month's incidences in which the church's office was burnt vandalising office documentation such as baptismal, marriage, confirmation, death as well as birth certificates.
Chief Seeiso said St. Joseph's Mission was up in flames, adding that when he got the message from Rev. Fr. Ratikane, he had planned to attend the occasion together with other members of the royal family, saying the event was at a short notice which clashed with the planned activity for King Letsie III and Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso hence their absence.
He described that they were saddened by what had happened at the mission, adding that their heads are down with shame and embarrassment.
“The actions of torching within the church premises which is the holy place means that the sanctuary has been damaged,” he commented.
Chief Seeiso said St. Joseph was new as a target for criminal offences, especially which take place within the church premises, making an example of Rev. Father Peter Seakhi who was once killed within the church's premises.
He therefore called for the presence of police, who should be deployment, in order to provide security, adding that he was also ready to come with him men clad in blankets to bring law and order in the area.
On the other hand he promised to call a public gathering as a way of warning the community about the criminal offences.
“When I get back home I am going to put down the church's regalia and bring my men clad in blankets to come here and bring law and order,” he reiterated.
The Principal Chief said it was high time that they stand up and do something to protect the church and the priest, calling on the perpetrators to come forward and confess before they could be forgiven.
A parliamentarian from Koro Koro Mr. Litjobo also condemned the acts, but appealed to the Christians to forgive the perpetrators saying they did not know what they were doing.
Rev, Fr. Ratikane on the other hand related the criminal events which have occurred since his arrival at St. Joseph's way back in 2014, saying his appointment was to come and preach the word of God.