Mushrooming of churches irks Eenhana residents

Government is considering a law to address the concern of mushrooming of churches in the country, said the presidential constitutional advisor IngeZaamwani-Kamwi.

Zaamwani-Kamwi made these remarks during President HageGeingob's Town Hall Meeting at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.

She was giving feedback on the questions raised on the matter during 2015town hall meetings and also during the town hall meeting at Omuthiya and Ongwediva last month and on Monday, respectively.

The secretary of Oukwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA), Peter Mbome during the Eenhana Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday noted that traditional authorities are also concern about mushrooming of emerging churches.

Some of these churches are showing seeds of disunity in their practices. Our humble request to you, Your Excellency, is that Namibia must clear up religious organisation before the country has a full-blown crisis and the dare we say threat to our national security, Mbome narrated.

He also proposed that the government establishes a regulatory body to regulate, control and guide the operations of emerging churches.

Zaamwani-Kamwi pointed out that churches need to be registered with the Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and SME Development, as well as with Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN).

She echoed Minister of Justice, SakeusShanghala, who told the town hall meeting at Ongwediva on Monday that a draft bill on the regulation of churches is yet to be discussed with stakeholders and in parliament.

In the absence of the law regulating the churches, Shanghala said, religious activities are not regulated in Namibia at the moment.

He however, noted that churches are regulated in other countries.

Revival churches are said to be enormously mushrooming in Namibia and as such, prompted the demand for religious activities also to be regulated.

Source: Namibia Press Agency