WINDHOEK: DTA Member of Parliament Phillemon Moongo on Tuesday discouraged violence and terrorism through churches in Africa and the world, an act he called a ‘threat to peace’.
“The aim of this motion is not to abolish the freedom of religion in Namibia but to control the deadly activities and misuse of churches and religion by those who are power hungry and those who need blood money,” said Moongo in the National Assembly (NA).
He complained that some of the religious denominations pretend to be true preachers of the Gospel, but only preach in order to earn economical interest, and thus cause serious damage in all religions in Africa and the world.
Moongo motivated his motion saying: “Any good preacher is supposed to preach salvation, preservation, repentance, peace and against social injustices, particularly in communities that are affected”.
Responding to the debate, Presidential Affairs Minister Albert Kawana said he would have supported Moongo, by way of legislation, if Moongo addressed certain mischiefs that are being experienced in Namibia.
“I would have also gone along with him if he had said all churches or religious denominations, be it Hindus, Muslims or Christians, should register in order for the public to know their aims and objectives,” said Kawana.
The Presidential Affairs Minister said this way the public can be warned against such denominations that are misleading the nation.
On his part, Minister of Safety and Security Nangolo Mbumba said there was a contradiction between the motion and its motivation.
Mbumba said there is a need to study the motion further, and thus proposed for it to be postponed to the 02 October 2012 for further discussion.