Government has with immediate effect suspended the operations of the Church of God over Monday’s stampede over freed food.
And Government says President Edgar Lungu is greatly saddened by the death of eight people in a scramble for food at Lusaka’s OYDC.
During a joint news briefing in Lusaka, Minister for Religious and National Guidance Reverend Godfridah Sumaili said the operations of the Church of God have been suspended until further notice.
Reverend Sumaili said preliminary investigations have shown that Church leaders failed to comply with directives to produce all necessary legal documentation governing operations of the Churches.
“The President sends his personal and Government’s sympathies to the families of the deceased and wishes them God’s supreme mercies to help them recover from this tragedy,” she said.
During the same briefing, Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said details of the OYDC incident are that the Church of Christ which was holding a revival meeting at the OYDC informed the public to converge to receive food hampers for free.
Ms Mulenga said the hampers contained 10 Kg bags of mealie meal and small packets of beans.
She said the announcement prompted the masses to throng the OYDC making the place full to capacity as early as 06:30 hours and that those who were outside were attempting to enter by force.