Tanzania’s security forces have allegedly dispersed the big open-air gospel meeting which was organized by the Kenyan Pastor Ezekiel Odero, in Arusha City.
But both the Arusha Regional Commissioner John Mongella and District Commissioner Felician Mtahengerwa say they did not known anything about6- the gospel meeting being either banned or dispersed.
The Arusha Regional Police Commander ACP Justin Masejo also said he was surprised to hear that the cops had gone round to disperse the meeting as he was also not informed.
“I will have to make follow up on the issue as I was not yet aware of it” he said.
This now leaves a mystery on what exactly is going on behind the scene in the banning of Pastor Odero.
Fronting the New Life Prayer Centre and Church of Kenya, Pastor Odero was once suspected to be among the accomplices of Paul Mackenzie the leader of a Christian cult accused of encouraging his followers to starve themselves to death.
But Odero has dennied to have anything to do with Mackenzie during a press conference in Arusha.
His Arusha Rally was coordinated through the local ‘Yesu Nuru ya Watu Ministry Tanzania,’ whose management has not been
Thousands of people had gathered at the Ngarenaro Primary School grounds anticipating prayer healing from Pastor Ezekiel.
The rally had been promoted in local media outlets, street banners and vehicle mounted mobile loudspeakers.
The first meeting started at 8.00 am in the morning but acording to the people at the venue some uniformed people arrived and thwarted the highly attended gathering, at around 11.00 am.
Some believe that people who thwarted the meeting could to have been the cops.
According to some of the organizers who were found at the venue, the team had stated that the gospel meeting did not have official permit to run the event.
Many people were furiously stranded around the venue, some cursing ‘the devil,’ for interfering with the ‘work of God!’
The local Ward Councillor of Ngarenaro, Issaya Doita said he had initially advised the organizers to start the event later in the evening.
“This is because the venue is right next to two learning institutions, the Ngarenaro Primary and Secondary schools,” he explained, adding that the high decibels of the loudspeakers could have disturbed students in class.
Especially because some classes were writing their examinations.
But even Doita, the Ngarenaro Ward official, seems to be unaware of the meeting being dispersed by any order.
Earlier on, Pastor Ezekiel had stated that after his gospel meeting in Arusha, he would assist the adjacent Ngarenaro Primary School with some funding.
Pastor Odero was to preach in Arusha for three consecutive days starting Friday, July 14 all the way to Sunday July 16, 2023.