Malawi authorities shut down ‘noise making’ Miracles Pentecostal church

There was commotion at Kampala in Manase, Blantyre when Blantyre City Assembly (BCA) officials interrupted prayers at The Miracles Pentecostal church with an Order to close it down on grounds that it disturbs peace.

BCA officials turned at the church located in village headman, Wisikesi at around 4:45 pm to close it down following complaints by some residences in the area including former Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) official, James Chimera that the church was ‘polluting a lot of noise’ that disturbed peace.

Daily prayers were still in progress at the time the BCA officials, in the official car and in civilian clothes, arrived at the premise to hand in an official Order to close down the church, forcing the members to cut short their service.

According to the Order dated June 13, 2013 signed by Martins Kambanje (authorized officer for City Planning Committee), demands Dorothy Daudi-owner of the premise where the church is situated- states that the church has been closed down due to ‘Noise Pollution’.Miracle_Pentecostal_Church_2009_11_21

The Order states that based on Section 49 (1) of the City and Country Planning Act, it is prohibited to construct or conduct any business that pollutes noise thereby disturbing peace in residential areas.

However, the  order did not go well with the church members who started chanting songs directing at the BCA officials who seemed not be bothered by the protest.

“Sitilora, Sitilora, Sitilora, Sitilora, Sitilora, Sitilora, Sitilora,” chanted the members who mobbed the BCA officials who were forced to leave the place after sensing some danger.

Some of the church elders, led by Pastor White, were not amused  by the incident and said would take up the matter with their lawyer.

“This is not the first time the Blantyre City officials have been coming here. In fact our lawyer is aware of the issue and we will take up the matter with him. This is what as a church we should expect in the last days,” said Pastor White while mobilizing men to consult village headman, Wisikesi on the matter.

Ironically, the church structure made of plastics, grass and woods were torched down torched a fortnight ago by fire suspected to have instigated by residents against the existence of the church in the area.

At the time the church elders left to meet the village headman, the members had already gone into frenzy mood and it was difficult to tell if at all they were spiritual or secular based on their conduct, especially when they started playing Anthony Makondetsa’s song, Ali Pompano.

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