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Zambia expels Catholic priest over poverty sermon

By Sapa-AFP | Aug 03, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 4 ]

Rwandan cleric said the poor were getting poorer while the rich got richer.

"A Rwandese priest based at Lundazi parish identified as Father Viateur Banyangandora, aged 40, has been deported to his country of origin for violating the laws of this country," Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu said in a statement.

A parishioner from Lundazi, an eastern town near the border with Malawi, said that Banyangandora, during Mass, said that poor people were becoming poorer while the rich were getting richer, a move he said was tantamount to injustice which the Catholic Church detests.

Lungu said the clergy had violated the country's immigration laws as his "conduct was found to be a danger to peace and good order in Zambia".

Banyangandora was picked from Lundazi, about 850 kilometers (530 miles) from Lusaka, and brought to the capital for questioning.

"The priest, who was picked and brought to Lusaka on Monday by a team of immigration officers for interviews, was deported to Rwanda."

He had been preaching in Zambia since November 2006.

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Sometimes the truth will make you suffer, I'd rather be hated for preaching God's truth than to be loved for spreading devil's lies. What this priest said was what he saw on the ground and the government didn't like it as it was a direct reflection on their policies. Well done Father, keep speaking the truth in spite of the consequences that may follow..from the fellow priest

Aug 03, 2012 2:51 | 0 replies

He was just deported? There was a time when the catholic church would have you tortured and burnt to death if you said things like the earth goes around the sun lightning is a natural phenomena.

Aug 06, 2012 7:26 | 0 replies

Let's not undermine our democracy. It's tough in other countries.

Aug 06, 2012 8:52 | 0 replies

I thought Zambians were educated people but this decision was wrong, such doings make the white people or the Europeans think that all black people are all stupid because our leaders are making stupid decisions…. Nxaa!!!

Aug 06, 2012 9:30 | 0 replies