The Rwanda Government has shut down over 700 Churches in Kigali after their number shocked the President, Paul Kagame, asking himself whether the number was for ‘bore holes’.
The affected worshiping places that also included mosques were accused of noise pollution by the loud public address systems, temporally structures like tents among others.
According to the BBC and New Times Rwanda, authorities descended on the churches for failing to comply with building regulations and exposing their thousands of worshipers to unnecessary risks.
Word from the Rwanda Government
Justus Kangwagye, a government official, stated that the churches did not meet modest standards and were a danger to those worshipping, not until they meet the requirements, they will not be allowed back to service.
“Worshiping should be done in an organised way and meet minimum standards. Exercising your freedom of worship should not encroach on other people’s rights. They have been asked to halt operations until they meet the requirements, … As for hygiene and sanitation, you cannot have a gathering where there is no water for washing hands, no toilets among other issues” said Kangwagye.
Meanwhile, Churches that were found operating in tents were not spared either and ordered to streamline their infrastructure to meet current safety standards or be shut down for good.