Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Government announces tough measures to curb false churches and prophets


President Edgar Lungu(l) congratulates Godfridah Sumaili after the swearing in ceremony at State House
President Edgar Lungu(l) congratulates Godfridah Sumaili after the
swearing in ceremony at State House

National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister Godfridah Sumaili has announced tough measures to curb the mushrooming of false churches and prophets in the country.

In a ministerial statement to Parliament yesterday, Reverend Sumaili said that her ministry is working with the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) and the ministry of commerce to make it mandatory through a legal instrument for churches to register under the Registrar of Societies instead of the current practice were some churches have opted to registrar under PACRA as a company.

Reverend Sumaili said that the registration of churches under the Registrar of Societies will make them accountable unlike when churches are being run as companies.

She said that in the interim her ministry has put in place administrative measures whereby PACRA will not register a church or faith based organization without clearance from the ministry of national guidance and religious affairs.

Reverend Sumaili added that her ministry is also working closely with the church and religious umbrella bodies that are currently registered with Registrar of Societies to ensure effective oversight and compliance of their member churches.

She has since announced a number of administrative provisions for the registration of church and faith based organizations .

And Reverend Sumaili said that her ministry will also extend the scrutiny of churches to foreign missionaries that come to Zambia for short or long term missionary activities.


  1. I am not affected because I have cut out all this nonsense of going to attend this crooks churches by praying from home. Though it is important to fellowship, but not with this crop of churches, almost all of them.

    • That makes the two of us Harriet. @Matumbe, I dont think we need to continue abuse God’s name with the current happenings in the Christian Realm. Many despicable things are happening and going to Church is simply agreeing with the wrongs. If home is safe for you stay there other than going to Church and being tempted to judge other people

    • Read your bible daily and pray; stop the tendency to depend on “prophetic words”. The bible says everything must be tested. Fake prophets have one common characteristic – flattery. E.g. HH will win the next election, you will win a lottery in 6 years time etc. The government of Zambia has no jurisdiction to regulate false prophets and their churches. Let every man and woman read the word of God and take their families to church every Sunday.

    • Start with those in leadership!
      The last time someone proclaimed zambia a christian nation we believed him so much that we thought he would make our country great.
      Alas he stole the poor country’s resources and when there was nothing left to steal he stole other people’s wives.
      You seriously need to curb these people who are telling others not to take ARV’s and bar those that spray congregants with doom and feed them grass from entering our country.
      You need to also bar those that tend to proclaim president’s deaths or election loss for conduct likely to disturb peace.
      Whilst you are at it deal with all those so called witch doctors who claim they can cure any illness for deception.

    • I pity you, I pray that you find a Bible believing Church a church you can call home.Find out the background of the Pastor whether he has been to Bible School . Its important to choose whether you want to belong to a Pentecoastal or Evangilical. The former I believe has their teachings based on sound doctrine

    • @Harriet very well said! Better to pray at home and avoid being in the company of these criminals! We have too many false “prophets/profits”!

    • The ministry has no capacity to monitor the many fake prophets and churches which may render it become reactive and not preventive.

    • @Kaluwa That’s the Genesis of the problem do you really think the people that have been to bible school are more credible?
      Hypocrisy, deceit, the love of money and all that nonsense is found every where .
      One of the major problems is we Africans tend to believe anything and seldom ask questions to verify.
      The bible tells you in plain truth that it is easy for a carmel to enter the eye of a needle than for. ……
      But some of these pastors are stinking rich with private jets far richer that all congregants combined in some cases but we don’t confront this aspect!
      You can call me anything but if these guys are truly prophets the soil they hail from would be truly blessed case in point isreal!
      BUT when you are known for 419, corruption and drug trafficking as a nation shauri…

    • BUT when you are known for 419, corruption and drug trafficking as a nation shauri yako to believe everything you see on TV!

    • If only you use that time you pray at home to research ….anyway this is a useless ministry wasting taxpayers funds trying to be a busy body. Useless ministers!!

    • There needs to be education on these so called Profits as there are no Prophets!

      Why are Zambians so gullible mwebantu!

  2. Useless meaningless ministry. How are you going to know which ones are false? You have money for such nonsense in a country were majority can hardly afford three meals,a country that imports almost everything,electricity and general energy supply is a joke and service delivery is non existent. We know you are a bunch of clueless individuals parading around as leaders but,please try get your priorities right.

    • Religion is B U L L S H I T. If that offends you, you’re an *****. There are 2 types of people in this world: those with brains & no religion & those with religion & no brains.?

    • Religion is B U L L S H I T. If that offends you, you’re an I D I O T. There are 2 types of people in this world: those with brains & no religion & those with religion & no brains.?

    • @Lesa. I am not offended at your comment, but it is simply untrue. I am a Christian with lots of brains as well as others I know. Many of my fellow congregants are very wise, smart and intelligent people .

    • What do all thosee things have to do with the religious affairs . So because the cost of leaving is high other aspects of society and arms of government should be ignored?
      Because electricty is high is we should let con men exploit Zambians in the name of the Bible?
      If government waited until poverty and hunger are eradicated to deal with other goverence issues, We would wait forever.

  3. I hope the Minister of Non-Religious Affairs will also follow suit and check the proliferation of tarvens and bars. Drinking places are operating non-stop as if the country has no regulations, poisoning the neighborhood atmosphere for the other children to read. Isn’t it ironical that you curb the proliferation of places of worship, without touching beer halls. Much as I hate today’s prophet of doom, I feel you are holding the priority list upside down.

    • I totally agree with you. Instead of addressing the vices ruining our society, she is busy talking about things that have no relevance. Her priorities are indeed upside down. What a government!

    • “Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!

      But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money”

    • @ Lesa nipalobe. Those Pastor preaching that are what the Bible call Ministers of Death. 2 Cor 3:7. Those teach the dos and donts of the law. Jesus too was against such religious leaders.

      When asked what work one should do to get saved, Jesus answer was simple: “This is the work of God; that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

      Believe in Jesus and God will deem you having done His work as it had already been Finished on the cross.

      Follow the Law of Moses, you break one,you have broken all. James 2:10. Choice is yours.

  4. @ Questionner, didn’t we all protest that this ministry will be a waste of public resources as the minister will have nothing to do!

    • Religion is 100% b u l l sh i t. Religion is all about control and brainwashing one’s mind. All religions are about making money.?


  6. to begin with the minister is also fake christian, and i’m not supporting fake prophets and churches,
    1. What is the Minister doing about the moral decay in the country?
    2.our mothers and sisters are walking naked in the streets in the name of fashion, what are you doing about this Mrs Minister?
    3. men prefer to be with the harlot than a wife, marriages are breaking every day in the courts, Mrs Minister, what are you doing about this?
    4. what are you doing about the mushrooming of Bars & night clubs?
    remember things of GOD cannot mix with politics.

    • @6… Ba st, imwe nga mwamona fye akalibele kamwanashi ninshi john ashupa?? leave the women to dress in whatever makes them feel good about themselves, concertrate on curbbing your john. Imwe ukumona fye akalitanta kamwanakashi ninshi chashupa.
      In the seventies mr st it was worse, yet no such trash was mouthed, men were strong.

  7. Church leadership need to be accountable to God first and then to its members. This is a Good initiative. The Ministry should also make it Mandatory for churches to be publishing books of accounts and give a financial position to its members annually. Members as contributors are also stakeholders. This will stop people running churches like personal businesses.

  8. I doubt if this will work because these are the majority supporting the construction of the so called house of prayers church being built through president Lungu’s initiative. I have not seen any of those serious churches come on board on this matter. Also the current minister is from these same churches

  9. Why do they allow individuals who claim to heal everything through prayer to freely broadcast such misleading statements on public media? Look at the number of gullible listeners (mostly very poor) who call-in to such programmes and flock to these con men! Why allow this naked exploitation of the citizenry in the name of God?

  10. Government cannot and should not regulate religion. When the state controls religion, its results in persecution of those that do not believe in the state sanctioned church. One just has to look at what happened during the dark ages when the Roman Catholic Church backed by the state killed millions of people all in the name of religion. The church has even acknowledged this fact. History is being repeated slowly. This is a worldwide move. Even in the USA there is a push to have everyone forced to be a roman catholic. This is being push in the pretex of caring for the environment, the workers and the family. It is time to watch and pray like never before

    • stop dragging the catholic church in your demonic quest to steal and extort money from poor zambians. why put up lies to justify your filthy crooked conning of poor people.

    • Here is an example from the horse’s mouth and as recent as 1994:

      Pope Francis has met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and asked forgiveness for the “sins and failings” of the Catholic Church and its members.
      Some priests fanned and aided the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.

      While meeting President Kagame in the Vatican, Pope Francis said he hoped the apology would help a “future of peace.”
      Between April and July of 1994, members of Rwandan Hutu majority indiscriminately killed around 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in a 100-day genocide.

  11. That is a selective religion, you banned the Aid of Humanity of the Church of Christ, including her propagation of the words of God. Your people suffering from hunger, causing the death of 8 persons. But what you did, you banned the activities of the Church of Christ. Instead of help the church to distribute the 35,000 packs of food to your people, you hold the activities.

  12. GOD can not give you everything just by going to church, reading the bible and following the commandments.

    these prophets take advantage of the sick who want to get healed, the poor who want to live a decent life, the barren who are desperate to have a kinder, the accused dying to have their case dismissed in a court of law These people are told to believe, to pray and have faith all times, but there is a small contribution they make to their churches. These churches sell water, oil and handkerchiefs said to be anointed. that is how they make money and con people.

    people flock to these churches so that their business can prosper, find a job or marriage. God wants us to be hard workers too. without hard work we will remain poor. look at the israelis, if you disturb their peace…

  13. Scripture is just being fulfilled. What does the Bible say on false prophets in Matthew 7 v 15?
    Quote fom the KJV
    15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    Scripture is just being fulfilled. So let it be so.
    In the same chapter in verse 22, the Bible says,
    22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
    Mind you, God is not moved by what in happening in the church right now, He knew it a long time that it will happen this way. God is omniscient. People are the ones who are in shock. In the Bible, there is nowhere it is written that when you see such things happening, stay and pray at home, do not go…

  14. The Ministry must also ascertain as to whether the Pastors have a Diploma or Degree in Ministry or higher, from some reputable Bible College, in order for them to be allowed to open a Church in Zambia. If gov’t can’t allow a self-professed medical practitioner to practice his profession without proper papers, why can’t we apply the same policy on these fake prophets? Many people that go round preaching and performing fake miracles are just self-confessed Pastors, Prophets or Bishops and they claim to have been called but have never attend a Bible College to prepare themselves for the call they claim. The Devil has now taken advantage of their ignorance and is using them to mislead other ignorant masses and perform fake miracles on them such making them eat grass, doom spray, drink…

  15. Conti..
    The Devil has now taken advantage of their ignorance and is using them to mislead other ignorant masses and perform fake miracles on them such making them eat grass, doom spray, drink petrol, rat poison, etc. The gov’t must rise to save the masses before it gets worse.
    John 8:31-32
    God bless Zambia!


  17. Start with President Lungu please and the fake preacher who travelled with him to Israel to visit the tomb of Jesus, then people might take this seriously

  18. As usual always reacting when damage has already been done. Besides actions being proposed are irrelevant, government has no capacity to monitor. Deal with the real issues hunger, poverty and corruption!!

  19. There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right. You see facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. The black man has suffered through his own tools, they plagiarized his religion and called it Christianity, used it to enslave him and steal his gold. They forced him to take on the new truth and now they defeat him and he fights for their cause in persecuting and enslaving the uncircumcised minds of the free. This country has unfortunately fallen short of identity but this will not go unnoticed, for a little while the wind will blow right this direction and then we will smell…

  20. I hope this move will help us in Zambia… Last night I watched a program on Tv of a South African ” so called Prophet”, I will mention his name – Prophet Mboro.. t last he told his people to come to church with their underwear’s so that he could pray for them from the spirits that torment their sexuality. I was dumpfounded.. I am finding it difficult to understand the Pastors , especially Pentecostal Pastors, today. I am Pentecostal myself I am finding myself shocked at what My Pastors are doing in broad daylight. Someone please help !!

  21. Religion is about control and it’s a money making business..I wish people will realize this someday?!

  22. Christians will actually get offended if you tell them that no one is gonna be burned and tortured forever and ever. Think about that for a second.


  24. Be careful to what you do , Jesus said don’t pluck out weeds lest you uproot crops with weeds , he said let them grow together but time will tell .
    Surely the devil has planted weeds amidst the drops .
    Who knows the weeds!

  25. There is no scripture which says that for one to become a pastor must go to a Bible college. Read first Timothy 3: 1— 8, and then understand what it means to become a Bishop, pastor, evangelist ,teacher and prophet. Please do not waist time insult people write good comments and you will be blessed. To become a shepherd its a calling from God almighty. I would like you to challenge me which college did the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ attend. Prophet Jeremiah , Elijah, Ezekiel Isaiah etc. Please if you want you can insult I do not care am less than Jesus Christ who was tortured badly .May God bless Zambia and well meaning men of God in Zambia
    Moses was called when he was looking after the sheeps of his father in raw in the bush and then God sent back to Egypt to deliver the…

  26. Have a relationship with God. You don’t need to get to him through fakes. Bad churches encourage worship through human, and things. Idolise worship. Seek real churches that worship God not force you into cultish things.

  27. Churches should as much as possible censor themselves. Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia and the Council of Churches should have prominence in the control of mushrooming of churches. Government as always should strive to give policy and guidelines. It is no doubt worrying when people go into preaching to get rich. Seer this, Major this, Apostle that, Prophet that etc. The mushrooming of churches is nothing other than selfishness. People should learn to read the bible meditatively and if people read with the intention of listening to God, they will see that most of these so called prophets and prophetess are charlatans. Some well meaning preachers in Zambia have written extensively on false prophets being witnessed in Zambia today more like a warning to us all. See YouTube and blogs from…

  28. Legitimate churches build schools to educate children while teaching them their religion. Fake schools buy expensive cars and erect luxury mansions for their pastors/owners. It is all about collecting fax free wealth for the preachers. Watch out Zambia.

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