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.