ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
THE Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ) has warned of stern action against affiliate members that will go against Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili’s directive to stop selling anointing oil and water in church.
ICOZ president bishop David Masupa commended Government for coming up with the guidelines as the “retrogressive trend” is getting out of hand.
“We have sent messages to all our members countrywide over what Government wants them to do over the selling of anointing oil and holy water in churches,” he said in an interview.
Bishop Masupa said ICOZ members should follow the policies of the government as affiliate members are expected to abide by the laws of the land.
He said that the minister’s guidance on stoppage of selling anointing oil is timely because several churches had made it a business venture.
Bishop Masupa said that no church in the country should go against the government because as believers they are supposed to be law-abiding citizens.
On Friday last week in Livingstone, reverend Sumaili urged the Church to stop the sale of anointing oil and water, a practice which has become rife in some churches.
Rev. Sumaili described the sale of anointing of oil and water a manipulation and total abuse of the ordinary people.
She said prophets who are selling anointing oil and water are taking advantage of desperate people.
Rev Sumaili said it is unfortunate that Zambians are being manipulated and pay colossal sums of money to prophets in exchange for miracles.
She said prophets buy mineral water and lay hands on it and sell it at exorbitant prices adding that they should stop exploiting people.