LCC raze church

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By CHARLES MUSONDA

LUSAKA City Coun­cil (LCC) has de­mol­ished a makeshift church in Kamwala South for al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the Law. The lo­cal au­thor­ity last week de­mol­ished En­thiews (God has given) Church for con­duct­ing church ser­vices in a tem­po­rary struc­ture with in­ad­e­quate san­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to LCC De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health, the church did not have run­ning wa­ter for the toi­lets; and did not sub­scribe to waste col­lec­tion. This was in con­tra­ven­tion of the Liquor Li­cens­ing Act num­ber 20 of 2011 of the Laws of Zam­bia. LCC has since dragged En­thiews Church to the Fast Track Court and the case comes up this morn­ing. But En­thiews Church Pas­tor Prophet­ess Agnes Mumba, at whose house the struc­ture was erected, said a neigh­bour al­legedly in­cited LCC to de­mol­ish the makeshift church be­cause he did not want prayers. In an in­ter­view fol­low­ing the de­mo­li­tion, Prophet­ess Mumba said the neigh­bour had al­legedly been ha­rass­ing her over the prayers which he claimed made him fail to sleep and yet the church con­ducted all its gath­er­ings in the day. “When I started the church he did not want prayers here on grounds that he was fail­ing to sleep and yet we do not have overnight prayers and we don’t pray through­out the day. He said he failed to sleep at night be­cause he did not have peace. “When­ever we had prayers he would call the coun­cil po­lice but some of them turned against him af­ter they saw that we were just pray­ing,” she said. Prophet­ess Mumba said last Tues­day she was shocked when LCC po­lice of­fi­cers went to her home and told her that they were go­ing to de­mol­ish the makeshift church be­cause she was al­legedly a Satanist. And Pa­tri­otic Front se­nior mem­ber Boni­face Botha said it was a pity that se­nior cit­i­zens had started dis­tract­ing churches.

Prophet­ess Mumba points at the de­mol­ished makeshift church struc­ture. - Pic­ture by CHARLES MUSONDA

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