17 Jan 2019 20:10pm
OSHAKATI, 17 JAN (NAMPA) The police confiscated loudspeakers belonging to the New Jerusalem Ministry in Oshakatis Oneshila settlement Wednesday night after complaints of noise pollution from the community.
Inspector Thomas Aiyambo of the Namibian Police Forces Public Relations Unit in the Oshana Region on Thursday confirmed the confiscation of the loudspeakers used during sermons.
He said the police and the Oshakati Town Council in December last year engaged the leaders of the church on several occasions and asked them to keep the noise to a minimum, especially at night.
They did not comply and as such the police took action last night and confiscated their loudspeakers, he said.
An immediate neighbour of the church, Helena Kashuupulwa told this news agency on Thursday the noise from the church was overwhelming during the end-of-year examinations last year.
The problem is that these people increase the noise once you ask them not to do so, until the police approached them, Kashuupulwa said.
The police said the head of the church, Likeus Mateus, was nowhere to be found at the time of the confiscation Wednesday night.
Approached for comment Mateus, who refers himself as Junior Major Prophet Joy, said they used to conduct loud sermons, but no longer do so.
We complied by replacing our big loudspeakers with smaller ones. The confiscated speakers are small, he stated, adding that he does not know why his church is still being accused of noise pollution.
The church was established in July last year and conducts deliverances, prayer points, petitions and worship days.
It operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 21h00 until 05h00 and on Sunday from 06h00 until 18h00.