Rwanda closes thousands of churches for endangering worshippers lives

Rwanda closes thousands of churches, for endangering worshippers lives

Rwanda’s government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques, as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community, it accuse of threatening the lives of followers.

President Paul Kagame has said, he was shocked by the high number of churches in the country.

Kagame, who noted that 700 churches are in Kigali the capital, asked if they have boreholes, which give people water.

Kagame said, Rwanda does not need so many houses of worship, claiming that, such a high number is only fit for bigger, more developed economies that have the means to sustain them.

The new legislation would require pastors to have a theology degree, before they start their own churches, so that they teach correct doctrine, said those familiar with the discussions.

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