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Mushrooming of churches growing concern in northern areas

Mushrooming of churches growing concern in northern areas

Maria David
MUSHROOMING of churches in the northern areas of Oshikoto, Oshana and Ohangwena regions have become a huge concern, resulting in Government considering tabling a law to regulate the number of churches.
Presidential constitutional advisor Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi made these remarks during President Hage Geingob’s town hall meeting at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.
She was giving feedback on the questions raised on the matter during the 2015 series of town hall meetings, and also during the town hall meeting at Omuthiya and Ongwediva last month and on Monday, respectively.
Zaamwani-Kamwi pointed out that churches need to be registered with the Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and SME Development, as well as with the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN).
However, Zaamwani-Kamwi stated that the CCN supposed to keep the religious house in order.
She echoed Minister of Justice, Sakeus Shanghala, who told the town hall meeting at Ongwediva on Monday that a draft bill on regulation of churches is yet to be discussed with stakeholders and in parliament.
Shanghala indicated that, in the absence of the law regulating the churches, religious activities are not regulated in Namibia at the moment.
He went on to say churches are regulated in other country. Revival churches are said to be enormously mushrooming in Namibia.
The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA), has also raise concern over the mushrooming of churches, saying that some of these churches are sowing seeds of disunity in their practice.
They requested that government must clear up religious organization before the country has a full-blown crisis. Adding that government should consider the establishment of a regulatory body to regulate, control and guide the operation of these emerging churches.

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