Reverend And Followers Arrested For Holding Church Service During Lockdown
A Reverend and his congregants were arrested in Bulawayo yesterday for violating the national lockdown after they held a church service to commemorate Easter Sunday.
Zim247 has learned that Reverend Thompson Nyathi of the Revival of Jesus Miracles Ministries in Bulawayo’s Nketa suburb was furious with the law enforcement officers as he argued that the arrests were illegal.
Reverend Nyathi and nine of his congregants were each made to pay a $500 admission of guilt fine for their devotion.
In an interview with The Chronicle, Reverend Nyathi castigated the actions of the law enforcement officers. Said the Reverend,
“…we maintained hygienic standards and practiced social distancing during the entire service. We are fully aware of the proclamation by the President of a total lockdown and ban on public gatherings, but we believe the raid was unlawful as our gathering had less than 30 people, some of whom were arrested after the service. Everyone had their hands sanitized in line with Ministry of Health and Child Care guidelines and regulations,”
Reverend Nyathi was also not happy at the alleged discrimination which took place. He argued that his church was singled out yet other churches were also holding Easter Sunday church services. Added the pastor,
“We were not the only church around that opened for service, but there are other churches some of which discreetly conducted services in houses, but unfortunately, we have just been targeted after police received a phone call from someone in the locality who notified them of our so-called illegal gathering,”
“However, when police and soldiers came, they found that we had finished the service and most of the congregants had left the premises save for a few who were later arrested and taken to Tshabalala Police Station.”
In other news – Former Uzalo actor Nay Maps arrested
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The popular actor recently found out that he is not above the law. Nay Maps, who now acts as Dingane Khoza on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen, was arrested for breaking the law. continue reading
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