Tanzanian city of Moshi authority has arrested pastor Boniface Mwamposa for the death of least 20 people, including 5 children of in an event organised by the group Rise and Shine
The tragic stampede occurred overnight on Sunday and there were many people, so there is a possibility that more casualties could emerge.”
“Twenty people died and 16 others were injured in the inciden. Five of those killed were children. “The stampede occurred when the worshippers were rushing to get anointed with blessed oil.”
The preacher who heads the Arise and Shine Ministry Tanzania, was arrested in Dar es Salaam after boarding a flight to the capital city to lead a prayer service at another branch of his church after the incident.
Kippi Warioba, Moshi district commissioner told Reuters news agency that the stampede occurred while people struggled to get “healed” by stepping on an anointing oil the Pastor poured on the floor.
A witness told news agency AFP that the scene was “horrible”. People were “trampled on mercilessly, jostling each other with elbows (…) It was like the preacher had thrown bundles of dollars about”.
Interior Minister George Simbachawene who confirmed Mwamposa’s arrest, accused the church of not taking sufficient precautions and violating the terms of its permit for the meeting. He however did not disclose the charges against the Pastor
While authorities said they are still assessing the situation amid fears the death toll could rise, the police also announced that they have launched an investigation into the incident.
Tanzania’s President John Magufuli sent his condolences and called for better security at such large events.