20 church members die with over 50 injured in rush to get Holy Oil from Pastor

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It is reported that some church members numbering about 20 have joined their ancestor in a bid to secure a holy oil from their pastor.

This sad incident is said to have happened in Tanzania where the Pastor identified as Boniface Mwamposa aka ‘The Apostle’ and also the leader of Arise and Shine Ministry is reported to have poured Holy oil on the ground and asking his congregation to come for it.

The hundreds of people who had attended the prayer service on Saturday evening led by a popular preacher in the town of Moshi, near Mount Kilimanjaro rushed unto it which led to a stampede.

The rush to be anointed by the oil led to people crushing one another, resulting in the deaths of 20 people and 16 people being injured, Reuters reported.

Police commissioner Kippi Warioba said five of those killed were children, and there were concerns the death toll could rise.

“The incident took place at night and there were many people, so there is a possibility that more casualties could emerge,” he said.

A witness who was at the service, Peter Kilewo, told AFP news agency the scene was “horrible” and people were “trampled on mercilessly, jostling each other with elbows”.

Local media reported that Mr. Mwamposa flew to Dar es Salaam, a city on the Tanzanian coast, after the stampede to lead a prayer service at another branch of his church instead of attending to the injured.

Police said an investigation has been launched and added: “some churches are disturbing us”.

There has been a rise in the number of pastors who claim they can perform “miracle cures” and eradicate poverty in Africa? in recent years.

Preachers who spread what they call the “prosperity gospel” have been involved in financial scams and money laundering schemes, as well as other stampedes.

Last year, three people were killed in a stampede at a church in Pretoria during a service led by Shepherd Bushiri.

Mr Bushiri is Africa’s wealthiest preacher and was charged with money laundering and fraud in February last year after allegedly smuggling cases of money out of South Africa on his private jet.

Source: Ghpage

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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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