Winners Chapel fracas: Pastor’s permit won’t be renewed

THE Immigration Department has maintained that it will not renew the work permit of a Nigerian pastor in-charge for Winners’ Chapel in
Lusaka Victor Femi Adeniji following reports of his verbal abuse against church members.

Chief Immigration Officer Anderson Phiri said the department would
not renew pastor Adeniji’s work permit because of his continued
reported misconduct.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Phiri said the department had received
many complaints over Pastor Adeniji’s behaviour, which prompted it to
reject his application to renew his work permit.

“I can confirm we have refused to renew his work permit because of the
reported abusive language and conduct to church members.

“This is not acceptable because when people come to Zambia they have
to do things correctly but if he uses bad language on the locals, we
shall also not renew his work permit,” he said.

Mr Phiri advised members of the Winners’ Chapel to consider engaging
another pastor because the department would not renew pastor Adeniji
work permit again.

On Sunday, tempers flared and confusion reigned at Winner’s Chapel in
Lusaka’s Libala Township when placard-carrying congregants
demonstrated against the Immigration Department’s refusal to renew the
work permit for pastor Adeniji.

The congregants who accused some of the members of the church of being
behind the development, demanded that the Immigration Department
immediately renews the pastor’s work permit.

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