Pastors arrested by PF govt for trying to fight evil forces

A Godly act by two Lusaka-based pastors  last weekend to cleanse Mulungushi River in Kapiri Mposhi of evil forces landed them in trouble with the PF government.
The clergymen were apprehended and taken to Manyumbi police check point on the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi and were later transferred to Kabwe Central Police Station for questioning.
Central Province police chief Standwell Lungu confirmed in an interview on Tuesday that the incident happened on Sunday.
According to police, local people spotted the two clergymen in deep prayers and sprinkling ‘anointing water’ in Mulungushi River.
Mr Lungu said: “They were sprinkling ‘anointing water’ in the river because they believe there are some evil spirits in there.”
Mr Lungu said a local bishop from one of the Pentecostal churches in Kabwe who was called to the police confirmed that he knew the two clergymen to be genuine Christians.
Mr Lungu said according to the bishop, the two pastors did not do anything wrong and they have been conducting prayers at Mulungushi River.
He said the police later allowed the clergymen to go because police did not see the need to detain them further.
“They are known here. They have been doing this (praying and sprinkling anointing oil in Mulungushi River) for some time…after interviewing them, we did not find anything wrong with the matter as police,” Mr Lungu said.
Earlier, a police source said the pastors were also spotted sprinkling anointing water on some sections of the Great North Road.
The source said police found the activities of the duo “strange”, especially that they did not notify the police about their works of exorcism.
“It was strange. They were brought to the police on Sunday in the afternoon but after a bishop and a prominent local lawyer intervened, they were released without any charges,” the source said in an interview.

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