Members of Parliament of Ghana have descended heavily on ‘one man’ churches operating in the country labelling their activities as nuisance to people in areas they operate, and are ready to pass a new law directing one man churches leaders such as Bishop Obinim, Rev. Owusu Bempah, Rev Obofour and host of other great leaders of the one man churches to join the traditional churches or to be brought down.
In the view of the lawmakers, it was time the state stepped in with a legislation to clamp down on what they consider to be an abuse of congregants under the clog of religion.
The lawmakers were commenting on a statement made by Member for Mfantseman, Ekow Kwansah Hayford who despite recognising constitutional provisions which guarantee the right to worship said, the state must step in with the institution of an independent body to regulate activities of errant churches.
According to the Mfantseman lawmaker, research shows that there were more than 10,000 faith based organisations with allegiance to Christianity.
The growing of Christian religious bodies, he said, had attracted “charlatans and imposters who parade on the street and fill our media space peddling their false wares to unsuspecting Ghanaians.”
Noting that the situation was a sad reflection of the state of the country in terms of human right abuses, Mr Hayford said it was the “sacred duty of the state to protect the vulnerable from being exploited for the benefit of a few people.
Click on the link below to watch video of the Parliamentarians debating on how they intend to order all the one man churches to join the Orthodox ones.