By ROGERS KALERO
MORE than 50 people have been arrested in Chamboli township of Kitwe and 15 vehicles damaged in a riot which was sparked by a prophesy from a pastor that a member of the Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU) was involved in witch-craft and was keeping an Ilomba at their offices at Mogadishu ground.
Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Chief Charity Katanga confirmed that 59 people have been arrested and detained in various police stations in Kitwe after they were involved in a riot which was sparked by a prophesy from a sastor.
Ms Katanga said in the ensuing riot, 15 vehicles including two police vehicles were damaged at the CCPU offices at Mogadishu ground after the residents accused the members of the CCPU of hiding the Ilomba.
“Yes, I can confirm that there was a riot in Chamboli township in the morning between 10:00hours and 11:00hours after a pastor prophesied that a member of the CCPU was keeping an Ilomba at the their offices,’’ she said.
“The residents went to the CCPU offices, but could not find the Ilomba. Despite not finding the Ilomba, the residents became riotous and accused the CCPU members of hiding the Ilomba.
“So in the ensuing riot, 15 vehicles including a police land cruiser from Nkana East police station and Fun cargo, were damaged. About 59 people have been arrested and detained in various police stations,” Ms Katanga said.
Ms Katanga said it was sad that pastors were making prophesies which were inciting or igniting riots or hatred in the communities, instead of making prophesies that could help the nation to deal with various challenges.
She supported the government move to regulate the Pastors because their actions were only serving to incite hatred and division in communities.
“I now see why government wants to regulate these pastors. You cannot have a pastor working like a witch finder accusing people of witch-craft. No, that is not a prophesy. A prophesy is not supposed to incite or spark riots. No.
“It is really sad that pastors were now making prophesies which were inciting or igniting riots or hatred in the communities, instead of making prophesies that could help the nation to deal with various challenges