June 13, 2024
Embakasi Church Wants Gov't To Offer Property After Chapel Was Dismantled

Embakasi Church Wants Gov’t To Offer Property After Chapel Was Dismantled

The Legion Maria Church has requested that the government provide them with land after its church in Embakasi East constituency was destroyed during the demolition of constructions on riparian land.

The church also requested assistance from the government in constructing a new edifice to replace the one that had been demolished.

“We strongly believe his intervention shall be of great help. Both the President and the area Member of Parliament are our leaders. They should intervene and help us get a new church,” Nyaperah told the Star.

The church also encouraged Embakasi East MP Babu Owino to come out firmly and allow them to establish a new church in the region.

“This harsh action of a daytime raid in the presence of a large contingent of police officers has created a nightmare and fear psychosis amongst our church members who know the church as a sacred place where God dwells and no man has authority to destroy it,” he said.

He said it was alarming that the national government ordered the demolition of their church, St. Edward Legion Maria Church, which is located in the Lower Savannah Ward – Soweto section of the Embakasi East constituency.

Nyaperah alleged that the demolished church was more than 200 meters from the Soweto River and should not have been demolished because the riparian region is many meters distant.

He stated that the church has been in existence for almost 30 years and that consecutive governments have never questioned its placement or proximity to any body of water.

“It is a church that has all the necessary paperwork and approvals for its structures yet the government just goes ahead to demolish it,” he lamented.

He said that the church was demolished in a rush, without sufficient diligence or proper notice.

He noted that such hasty action not only violates people’s religious liberties but also disrupts the country’s overall cohesion.

“It is religious places that provide a place to pray for peace, justice and harmony which the government needs more for tranquillity amongst its people,” he explained.

Embakasi Church Wants Gov’t To Offer Property After Chapel Was Dismantled

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