Six Rwandan Pastors Arrested Following Shutdown of 700 Churches

(World Watch Monitor) Six pastors have been arrested and accused of “masterminding” a ploy to disobey the Rwandan government’s order to shut down over 700 churches in one province.

The pastors were alleged to have held “illegal meetings with bad intentions,” the BBC reported.

The churches in the central province of Kigali were ordered to halt operations until they meet building regulations, safety and hygiene standards, and pollution laws, according to South Africa-based News24.

Rwanda National Police spokesperson Theos Badage told journalists on Monday, March 5, that the six “ring leaders” were aiming to mobilize other clergy against the authorities. It is not clear when the arrested clergymen will appear in court.

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  • robert boe

    Schwarmerei ?

  • Samwise

    This week, lightning struck a church in Rwanda that did not have a lightning rod. 14 people died and over 100 injured.

    Nightning is a natural event. Building codes are what normal people do to protect against unnecessary loss of life from natural events.

    Enforcing building codes is not persecution. Failing to comply with basic building codes is immoral.