Rwanda’s Government Closes Around 6,000 churches and 100 mosques, demands a degree in theology for every religious leader.

Rwanda’s Government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift operations, authorities say, have threatened the lives of followers.

President Paul Kagame said he was shocked by the high number of churches in this small East African country. “700 churches in Kigali?” he said of houses of worship in the nation’s capital in March.

“Are these boreholes [deep wells] that give people water? I don’t think we have as many boreholes. Do we even have as many factories? This has been a mess!”

Mr Kagame said Rwanda did not need so many houses of worship, claiming that such a high number was only fit for bigger, more developed economies that have the means to sustain them.

The closings were bringing mixed reactions in Rwanda, where human rights groups have long accused Mr Kagame’s government of clamping down on freedom of expression, which the President has denied.

Six Pentecostal pastors who protested the church closures were arrested and accused of “illegal meetings with bad intentions”, and since then other critics have refused to discuss the issue with the media.

While Rwanda’s Government describes the closures as tackling churches that have failed to comply with building safety standards, it is taking other steps to oversee the religious community in the largely Christian nation of 12 million people.

Proposed legislation aims to regulate faith-based organisations separately from civil society organisations, said Alexis Nkurunziza, president of the private Rwanda Religious Leaders Forum.

Suggestions from religious leaders soon will be forwarded to the Rwanda Law Reform Commission for scrutiny and later to Parliament, he said.

The legislation was expected to be passed as the ruling party held a majority of parliamentary seats.

The new legislation would require pastors to have a theology degree before they start their own churches so that they teach correct doctrine, said those familiar with the discussions.

The aim is to regulate the Pentecostal churches that often spring up under leaders who claim to have received a call to preach.

Not everyone, however, has the money for such a degree, some observers have said.

The majority of churches that have been closed are said to be small Pentecostal prayer houses, with some preachers suspected of growing rich off often impoverished followers.

Some churches meet in tents or houses that cannot accommodate crowds and noise pollution from night-time gatherings was a concern, authorities said.

“The prayer houses were found in such poor physical conditions, and we are not targeting any religion,” said Anastase Shyaka, the head of the Rwanda Governance Board that regulates faith-based organisations.

“We are closing prayer houses of all different denominations and asking them to meet existing health and safety standards for their followers.”

Local media in the capital have reported that over 6,000 churches have been closed so far across the country, but Mr Shaka said the actual number was still being compiled.

Concerns over safety and fraud
The Government respects freedom of worship but protecting lives of people came first, Mr Shaka said, adding that churches which met the required safety standards would be reopened.

One new requirement for churches was the installation of a lightning rod, after a lightning strike in March killed 16 worshippers and injured 140 at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in the country’s south.

Mosques across Rwanda have also been affected.

About 100 have been closed, the leader of the country’s Muslim community, Mufti Sheikh Salim Hitimana said.

“We are now trying to fix what the Government told us to do,” he said.

Some evangelical leaders said they supported Rwanda’s crackdown, saying that protecting the lives of churchgoers was important and having qualified, trained leaders was necessary.

“Government efforts to have churches build better structures are welcome to all of us,” said Esron Maniragaba, president of the Evangelical Free Church of Rwanda and a leader with the Evangelical Alliance of Rwanda.

Some Rwandans said the Government should supervise churches and take action against exploitative pastors.

“Some pastors are motivated by greed and start churches to defraud their followers,” said Charles Murinzi, who attends an Anglican church in the capital.

Facebook Comments

436 thoughts on “Rwanda’s Government Closes Around 6,000 churches and 100 mosques, demands a degree in theology for every religious leader.

  1. Pingback: lexapro 5mg uk
  3. Pingback: maps rust
  4. Pingback: اغاني
  5. Pingback: Thc Vape Oil
  6. Pingback: how does cbd work
  7. Pingback: cbd oil alaska
  8. Pingback: iowa cbd
  9. Pingback: Royal CBD
  10. Pingback: massachusetts
  11. Pingback: Royal CBD
  12. Pingback: cbd ohio
  13. Pingback:
  14. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  15. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  16. Pingback: RoyalCBD
  17. Pingback: cbd wisconsin
  18. Pingback: Royal CBD
  19. Pingback: Royal CBD
  20. Pingback: cbd oil cost
  21. Pingback: Royal CBD
  22. Pingback:
  23. Pingback: Kratom near me
  24. Pingback: حلوه
  25. Pingback: Handlateknik
  26. Pingback: casino bonus 300
  27. Pingback: Webinar
  28. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  29. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  30. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  31. Pingback: 5euros
  32. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  33. Pingback: cbd oil
  34. Pingback: cbd oil for cats
  35. Pingback: Sonia Randhawa
  36. Pingback: bombar instagram
  37. Pingback: watermelon vape
  38. Pingback: kratom online
  39. Pingback: bitcoin slots
  40. Pingback: investor
  41. Pingback: websites
  42. Pingback: CBD oil for pain
  43. Pingback: best CBD oil UK
  44. Pingback: CBD oils
  45. Pingback: Blessed CBD
  46. Pingback: buy CBD oils
  47. Pingback: pc app
  48. Pingback: app for laptop
  49. Pingback: app for pc
  50. Pingback: best CBD gummies
  51. Pingback: best CBD gummies
  52. Pingback: best CBD oil
  53. Pingback: best CBD oil
  54. Pingback: best CBD capsules
  55. Pingback: buy CBD oil
  56. Pingback: best CBD oil
  57. Pingback: adderall for sale
  58. Pingback: Consultant SEO
  59. Pingback: flexible dildo
  60. Pingback: DMT for Sale
  61. Pingback: Vortex
  62. Pingback: best CBD oil
  63. Pingback: strap on
  64. Pingback: CBD gummies
  65. Pingback: CBD oil
  66. Pingback: best CBD capsules
  67. Pingback: toys for men
  68. Pingback: quarantine
  69. Pingback: Royal CBD
  70. Pingback: best CBD oil
  71. Pingback: best CBD oil
  72. Pingback: best CBD oil
  73. Pingback: mbbs in ukraine
  74. Pingback: app for pc
  75. Pingback: grid inverter
  76. Pingback: cbd oil Australia
  77. Pingback: Contact Details
  78. Pingback: CBS oil benefits
  79. Pingback: CBD oils
  80. Pingback: CBD gummies
  81. Pingback: This Site
  82. Pingback: CBD capsules
  83. Pingback: adam and eve dildo
  84. Pingback: Speelgoed Zoeken
  85. Pingback: oral toys
  86. Pingback: nill
  87. Pingback: CBD gummies
  88. Pingback: CBD gummies
  89. Pingback: Exotic carts
  90. Pingback: cbd for sale
  91. Pingback: best CBD
  92. Pingback: buy cbd
  93. Pingback: buy CBD oil
  94. Pingback: buy CBD oil
  95. Pingback: CBD oil for sale
  96. Pingback: buy CBD oil
  97. Pingback: CBD oil
  98. Pingback: buy CBD oil
  99. Pingback: CBD oil
  100. Pingback: CBD
  101. Pingback: CBD
  102. Pingback: CBD
  103. Pingback: CBD
  104. Pingback: CBD
  105. Pingback: CBD
  106. Pingback: Puppies near me
  107. Pingback: Dank carts
  108. Pingback: Thc vape oil
  109. Pingback: Maltipoo for sale
  110. Pingback: Dank cartridges
  111. Pingback: عکس سکسی
  112. Pingback: coinchomp
  113. Pingback: Coinpunk
  114. Pingback: Smoke Shop
  115. Pingback: sexy
  116. Pingback: sexy couple cams
  117. Pingback: candles
  118. Pingback: best CBD oil
  119. Pingback: Indisch visum
  120. Pingback: madscience
  121. Pingback: safestore auto
  122. Pingback: nasstoy vibrator
  123. Pingback: Loan App Contact
  124. Pingback: kiu
  125. Pingback: sex toy haul
  126. Pingback: Weed Strains
  127. Pingback: fundmerica rates
  128. Pingback: Royal CBD
  129. Pingback: Elite IT
  130. Pingback: Dank Vapes
  131. Pingback: BUY WEED ONLINE
  132. Pingback: CBD for sale
  133. Pingback: softwash
  134. Pingback: private chef
  135. Pingback: Office Phones
  136. Pingback:
  137. Pingback: cbd oil near me
  138. Pingback: MrPornGeek
  139. Pingback: best steroids uk
  140. Pingback: Catolux
  141. Pingback: THC Vape Juice
  142. Pingback: cbd oil 950 mg
  143. Pingback: gls training
  144. Pingback: indian visa online
  145. Pingback: Vape shops
  146. Pingback: tum se hi lyrics
  147. Pingback: Grand Daddy Purple
  148. Pingback: Shoes
  149. Pingback: cannabidiol oil
  150. Pingback: نقل عفش
  151. Pingback: Research Chemicals
  152. Pingback: Black Is Better
  153. Pingback: Sherrill Zabel
  154. Pingback: viagra
  155. Pingback: increase DR fast
  156. Pingback: butt plugs
  157. Pingback: Unusual gifts
  158. Pingback: realistic stroker
  159. Pingback: نقل عفش
  160. Pingback: hot celebrities
  161. Pingback: finger vibrator
  162. Pingback: Pressure Washing
  163. Pingback: best cbd gummies
  164. Pingback: best cbd capsules
  165. Pingback: Dank vapes
  166. Pingback: Nigeria News
  167. Pingback: onewalmart login
  168. Pingback: jetsurf
  169. Pingback: increase DR
  170. Pingback: cbd oil near me
  171. Pingback: Sims villa condo
  172. Pingback: LSD DRUGS
  173. Pingback: bunny vibe
  174. Pingback: rabbit vibrators
  175. Pingback: shower stroker
  176. Pingback: 더나인카지노
  177. Pingback: 퍼스트카지노
  178. Pingback: 더나인카지노
  179. Pingback: home
  180. Pingback: thrusting rabbit
  181. Pingback: best software
  182. Pingback: zhzhesh
  183. Pingback: Anime Batch
  184. Pingback: route calls
  185. Pingback: cbd for anxiety
  186. Pingback: games friv 2020
  187. Pingback: pegging dildo
  188. Pingback: thrusting machine
  189. Pingback: pc app,
  190. Pingback: Ford Bình Dương
  191. Pingback: silicone dong
  192. Pingback: female vibrators
  193. Pingback: vibrator
  194. Pingback: ebay coupon
  195. Pingback: Dog Bandanas
  196. Pingback: newborn photoshoot
  197. Pingback: TSUE
  198. Pingback: 퍼스트카지노
  199. Pingback: 더킹카지노
  200. Pingback: best bondage gear
  201. Pingback: realistic vibrator
  202. Pingback: Hydrating
  203. Pingback: asmr sex
  204. Pingback: double penetration
  205. Pingback: dildo reviews
  206. Pingback: #Travelgram
  207. Pingback: male milking
  208. Pingback: VBUCKS HACK
  209. Pingback: VIAGRA
  210. Pingback: disvutir
  211. Pingback: places to eat
  212. Pingback: Flour mill Machine
  213. Pingback: GENM-023
  214. Pingback: Famous hunters
  215. Pingback: bullet vibe
  216. Pingback: HND 754
  217. Pingback: knowledge
  218. Pingback: SSNI-620
  219. Pingback: 안전놀이터
  220. Pingback: 먹튀업체
  221. Pingback: VIAGRA
  222. Pingback: 먹튀검증
  223. Pingback: 바다이야기
  224. Pingback: 우리카지노
  225. Pingback: 먹튀검증업체
  226. Pingback: Rental Cleaners
  227. Pingback: realistic vibe
  228. Pingback: escort directory
  229. Pingback: 메이저놀이터
  230. Pingback: nude
  231. Pingback: Top Media Markt
  232. Pingback: anal plug toys
  233. Pingback: viagra pills
  234. Pingback: fuck
  235. Pingback: spins free
  236. Pingback: kinky
  237. Pingback: VIAGRA
  238. Pingback: app for pc
  239. Pingback: viagra 2019
  240. Pingback: viagra
  241. Pingback: viagra
  242. Pingback: silicone massagers
  243. Pingback: sex love swing
  244. Pingback: vibrating wand
  245. Pingback: FINPECIA (1x10)
  246. Pingback: porn
  247. Pingback: Google
  248. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this
    post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thanks for sharing!

  249. Pretty portion of content. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and
    in accession capital to claim that I get in fact loved account your blog posts.

    Any way I will be subscribing for your augment or even I success you get entry to consistently quickly.

  250. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and
    found that it’s really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels.
    I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
    Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  251. We are a bunch of volunteers and opening a new
    scheme in our community. Your website provided us with
    helpful information to work on. You have performed a formidable process and our whole group shall be grateful to you.

  252. Howdy! This blog post could not be written any better! Going through
    this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this. I am going to send this post to
    him. Fairly certain he’ll have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *