13 November 2012

Zambia: State Revokes Catholic Priest's Deportation

GOVERNMENT has reversed the deportation of Rwandese Catholic priest, Viateur Banyangandora and declared that he is free to come back to Zambia.

Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu said at a media briefing yesterday that the revocation of the deportation order followed consultations with various members of the Catholic Church.

He said the move was in line with "the BIBLE teachings to forgive one another in the love of Christ."

Mr Lungu, however, warned members of the public regardless of their political affiliation that matters of the Church should not be mixed with politics.

"I further warn those who want to intervene with the running of Government while hiding behind religion that the law will catch up with them.

"I will not take kindly to anyone who uses the name of the Church to gain political mileage at the expense of serving the Zambian people," he said.

Father Banyangadora, 40, who was based at Lundazi Catholic Parish, was deported about three months ago for allegedly violating the Laws of Zambia.

In his deportation order, Mr Lungu stated that Fr Banyangandora's conduct was found to be a danger to peace and good order in Zambia contrary to Section 39(2) of the Immigration and Deportation Act, No. 18 of 2010.

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