Parliamentary Bill on the regulation of churches

Continued from last week

HARARE - The spiritual and religious activities of Religious Organisations shall be carried out within the following clearly prescribed rights:

  • To rally their faithful around them.
  • To satisfy the religious-spiritual-moral needs and requirements of their faithful.
  • To perform religious services, rites, and ceremonies in sanctuaries, buildings and places belonging to them or leased out to them or otherwise availed for their use, in places of pilgrimage, in religious institutions, as well as cemeteries, houses and residences of citizens, hospitals, in homes for the mentally retarded and the handicapped, detention centres, military camps at the request of citizens living there and being members of a given religious organization. 

In other cases, public services, religious rites and ceremonies are conducted for meetings, rallies, demonstrations and marches within approved guidelines.

  • To establish groups for religious instruction aimed at training members and their children with the consent of parents, utilising facilities belonging to them or set aside for them.
  • To engage in theological, religious, philosophical and historical and cultural studies.
  • To train members for clergy or for scientific and pedagogical purposes for the educational institutions.
  • To obtain and utilise religiously significant objects and vessels.
  • To make use of news media in accordance with the law.
  • To establish ties with religious organisations of other countries regardless of their national and creed belonging, to send their faithful abroad to participate in conferences, pilgrimages, meetings and other religious events as well as for educational and cultural To get involved in charity.
  • To establish, run and maintain institutions of academic and transformational instruction.
  • Generally do all such things as may be necessary for the advancement of their spiritual beliefs subject to the laws of Zimbabwe.

8. Property of Religious Organizations

(a) The right of Religious Organisations to ownership and use of property shall be regulated by the property laws of Zimbabwe.

(b) The historical monuments and liturgical objects of Religious organisations shall be utilised in accordance with the traditional customs of the organisation.

(c) Religious organisations have the obligation of maintaining the buildings, properties and other possessions under their ownership, care or control and shall maintain and make appropriate use of any historical monuments belonging to them.

(d) Religious organisations may appeal to their faithful for voluntary contributions of money and other gifts, and to receive and administer the same for charitable and not for profit purposes.

Religious organisations shall pay no tax on the monetary and other gifts that they may receive as donations and used for not-for-profit purposes.

To be continued...

Comments (2)

The devil is at work here! Simply find your own ways to deal with satanism and leave genuine religious organisations to conduct their Godly acts without interruption. The government must also urge worshipers to use toilets or build toilets for them and other sanitary needs. God must be worshiped anywhere and anytime. Some church groups worship under trees not because they find it fashionable but simply they don't have money to build.

Regalia - 6 July 2014

they will kill thinking they are doing God a service. yes regalia.

see - 7 July 2014

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