700 Churches were shut down in Rwanda

Theses churches were shut down for failing to comply with building regulations and for noise pollution.

A good amount of them were small Pentecostal churches including a mosque. A government official told the BBC that some of the more than 700 buildings shut down have already reopened after they were aproved by inspectors.

According to a Government official “Justus Kangwagye” he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that they simply required the churches to meet “modest standards”.

He then added that s

ome church premises exposed worshippers to unnecessary risks and could “cause danger to those worshipping,”

Mr Kangwagye told the Rwandan New Times newspaper. “The reported crackdown is being carried out by the local authorities with the support of the Rwanda Governance Board.”

The new regulations now says, “All preachers must have had theological training before opening a church.” Pentecostal churches, often run by charismatic preachers claiming to be able to perform miracles, have grown rapidly in many parts of Africa in recent years. Some are massive, attracting thousands of worshippers each Sunday, but others consist of tiny structures built without planning permission and church leaders have at times been criticised for using loud public address systems to attract worshippers.

Source: allafricanews.com

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