Six pastors arrested over unlawful meetings
Written by: Our Reporter
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 14:36
Police is holding in custody six pastors for having plans to sabotage the ongoing crackdown and closure of churches that have not complied to the prescribed standards like security and hygiene.
The suspects who are currently under police custody are Rev Emmanuel Ntambara, Pastor Emmanuel Kalisa Shyaka, Apostle Charles Rwandamura, Reverend Pastor Fred Nyamurangwa, Bishop Innocent Rugagi and Pastor James Dura.
Rwanda national Police said its intelligence shows that there is a group of religious leaders that have hatched a plan to rebel against the ongoing exercise which is in its third week to close all churches that have risky infrastructures which are not sound proof, lack water and toilets and in a state of poor hygiene.
“Following the closure of substandard churches and noticing that some heads of churches have formed a group and started unlawful meetings targeting to hinder the process, Police have launched investigations and identified those who spearhead the inciting of others which is a crime,” the statement reads.
The six clergymen will be charged with organizing unlawful meetings and involvement in rebellious acts against the government of Rwanda.
President Paul Kagame recently gave remarks on the closure of over 700 churches in Kigali alone describing their fast rate of mushrooming as “disorder” and “unproductive” to the Rwandan society.
Kagame wondered about other productive activities that amounted to 700 in Kigali? “Is it industries? Anyway, what do these 700 churches do? Do they offer water to population, are they shops, are they industries? What’s their role?”
The crackdown on churches falling short of the required standards which started in Kigali three weeks ago has now rolled out in the entire country.