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‘Defiant’ pastors detained

Publish date: 12 March 2018
Issue Number: 765
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Rwanda

Rwandan police have arrested six pastors they accuse of being the ‘masterminds’ behind a plot to defy a government order closing churches. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the structures all fail to comply with building regulations and noise pollution laws. According to a proposed new law, all preachers must have theological training before opening a church. BBC News reports that police claim the suspects held ‘illegal meetings with bad intentions’ following the closure of more than 700 churches and a mosque in Kigali. 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.

Full BBC News report