Bishop Joe Imakando taken to court over death of member

Bishop Joe Imakando taken to court over death of member

Imakando with Sata during Interdenominational post-election prayers

Bread of life International overseer Joe Imakando has been taken to court following the death of one person at his church last week.

The Lusaka City Council says it is taking Bishop Imakando to court for failing to obtain necessary occupational certificates for his new church in Lusaka.

Lusaka City Council spokesperson Chanda Makanta has disclosed that Bishop Imakando will appear in a Lusaka Magistrate court on 20 December, 2011.

This follows the death of a forty-year-old congregant after a ceiling board sliced half of his face during a heavy downpour in the area.

The incident happened on Sunday 19th November 2011 during the Dedication Service of the multibillion Blessing Centre in Emmasdale area.

Below is the official statement from Bread of Life on the incident:

Bread of Life Church Statement over Blessing Centre Incident

Bread of Life Church International regrets the incident that happened on Sunday 19th November 2011 during the Dedication Service of the Blessing Centre. During the special service just when Presiding Bishop Joe Imakando was about to invite the guest speaker Pastor E. A Adeboye to preach and dedicate the building, a strong storm came in from the eastern side and blew off a piece of the ceiling which hit one of the members severing his face. The Elders rushed him to hospital, unfortunately he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The demonic storm also left a trail of destruction in the neighborhood resulting in roofs rippled off, security walls brought down, loss of lives, trees falling on a car to mention but a few.

As Bread of Life Church we wish our deepest condolences to the entire church family in general and in particular the family of Mr. Arton Nyirenda. We also pray for the community at large and families in the Emmasdale area whose properties and homes were also damaged by the storm.

Bishop Joe Imakando took time to thank the people for the support and solidarity they had shown. He encouraged the church and the body of Christ to be steadfast and strong during this period. Bishop informed the church that the leadership are in consultation and will soon give an outline on the state of affairs and way forward.

The dedication of the Blessing Centre was a very significant occasion for the church in Zambia as it was a statement of God’s awesome presence in the country. The centre is a beacon of hope for many, a symbol of God’s sovereignty, a landmark in the city of Lusaka. It is no surprise that the devil would try anything to destruct or even discredit and put the church in disrepute. In all things we give glory to God.


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