Tanzania

Tanzania police arrests prophet Tito who preaches with beer in hand

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Police in the Tanzanian capital Dadoma on Tuesday arrested a preacher who reportedly roams the streets preaching with a bottle of beer, The Citizen news portal reports.

The regional police chief said that a statement will be issued on the arrest of Nabii Tito (Swahili for Prophet Tito) after interrogation. His real name the Citizen added was identified as Onesmo Machibya.

Photos shared on Twitter by the portal showed the police interrogating Nabii Tito. He is wearing a white robe with the cross on either side of the chest and a chain bearing the cross.

The situation in Tanzania is quite different from other parts of the continent, typical examples of the Republic of Congo and South Africa, where there are churches whose operations are hinged on the consumption of alcohol.

In Congo a similar case is also happening:

The mushrooming of churches in Congo, which first started in the 80s, shows no signs of end. Besides the Catholic Church there are numerous other churches which have been inspired by Protestant and Pentecostal worship.

In Congo’s economic capital, Pointe Noire, a church known as Louzolo Amour which preaches that drinking beer can “cast demons” continues to expand.

The church was founded by Guy Emile Loufoua Cetikouabo, who proclaimed himself God, and claims to be invisible by his followers. He is represented on earth by the current leader of the church called Charles Mikoungui Loundou.

“I believe Bieramicine can heal, if you drink it with faith”

“What we want to share with the world, is that we found a person who has the three characteristics of God, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. That man is Guy Emile loufoua Cetikouabo. He was born without a navel, and that defies science,” a church member, Charles Mikoungui Loundou said.

This church bases its doctrine on the consumption of beer which they believe can be used to cleanse evil spirits. The faithful call this mixture of beer and faith, “biéramicine”.

Services which last up to 9 hours are dedicated to the healing of souls and bodies with sips of beer and praise.
People come from all walks of life mainly to seek an immediate solution to all their evils.

“I arrived here sick, brother Mikoungui gave me a bottle of beer, I drank a first sip, and a second, at the third one, I went into a trance, I then felt better,” a believer, Kondi Jean- Jacques, confessed.

“I believe beer can heal, if you drink it with faith”
he added.

Today, about 5,000 people attend this church that stretches across the country.

Its popularity in the Congolese society is increasingly growing, with authorities seemingly unable to control its activities.

The church was founded by Guy Emile Loufoua Cetikouabo, who proclaimed himself God, and claims to be invisible by his followers. He is represented on earth by the current leader of the church called Charles Mikoungui Loundou.

Over in South Africa, there is a church that operates in beer palours, the Gobala Church has beer at the center of its activities and actually baptizes congregants with beer.

The leader of the 500-denomination church based in the city of Johannesburg says they aim to attract drunkards and other people who will not be welcomed in other churches.




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