A GROUP of Ndola pastors and prophets took to their heels and outran each other leaving dozens of their female followers as police officers busted their mountain prayer meeting at the Dola Hill.
Officers walked in on the “prayer warriors” in a joint operation of Ndola City Council and Zambia Police Service to enforce the Presidential directive for non-gatherings in the wake of the Coronavirus.
Since breaking out late last year, the Coronavirus has infected more one million people and killed over 100,000 globally.
Zambia has recorded 40 COVID-19 cases and two deaths.
To curb the spread, President Lungu has banned social gatherings and limited the duration of religious meetings.
But a group of pastors and prophets in Ndola gathered a group of women for prayers and fasting yesterday.
The Ndola City Council got wind of the meeting and led police officers to the mountain located near the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
As soon as the officers arrived, the group of worshippers which was ranting and feasting prayers abandoned their activities and took to their heels.
The pastors and prophets outran their flock and disappeared in the bushes while one of them, Pastor Francis Bwalya was not so lucky.
Bwalya was apprehended along with 16 other worshippers.
NCC public relations manager Tilyenji Mwanza said the group will be charged accordingly.
According to the police who were also in the company of health inspectors, the group contravened SI 21 and 22 of holding a huge gathering without permission and further risking their lives by not obeying social distancing.
Mwanza warned that the Ndola City Council would continue to monitor the city and ensure that the Presidential Directive for bar owners not to conduct business was observed.
She said on Thursday and Friday, the Local Authority shut down 17 premises and picked up bar patrons and owners