TWO Congolese and a Rwandese national are facing deportation from Zimbabwe after they tried to establish a Satanism church at Tongogara refugee camp in Chipinge.
Police in Mutare confirmed that George Rene Lungange, Ngendo Brangsto from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwandese Busy Mana Thenetse were in custody.
Mutare Remand Prison officer-in-charge, Superintendent Reuben Zimondi, said: "The best we can do is to separate them from others and we have achieved that. We are facilitating their deportation by following proper procedures."
The trio was arrested after they filed an application with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to establish a Satanism church at the refugee camp which was rejected.
Lungange, who also claimed to be a political leader in his country, said had had tried to establish a branch of his church at the camp since coming to Zimbabwe in 2010.
He told the local Manica Post newspaper: "I approached the Tongogara Refugee camp administrator, who is a Zimbabwean to facilitate my dream (of opening a Satanism church) and he advised me to write a formal letter to the ministry.
“The reply took long until March this year when a heavy delegation from Mutare led by law enforcement agents and Social Welfare officials questioned me on my real intentions of opening a Satanism branch in Zimbabwe. I told them my story but they never understood me.
"You people in Zimbabwe believe that Satan is evil, yet he is just an ordinary person like you and me. And why do you persecute people who follow him? I explained to them what Satanism is including the name of our church (Radio City Station) which has its main offices in New York, USA and is led by Peter Gilmore.
"I also told them about other branches we have in Africa including the main one in Sandton, South Africa. Maybe what angered the delegation is that I told them that the so-called Jesus Christ is just a human being and can take long to respond to people's pleas and prayers unlike our Satan who is always quick to give us our needs.
“We were arrested and detained in cells. Satan is a spirit and so is God, but the fact is Satanism is more powerful than Jesus since he is a mere spirit like God. God created Satan so that means God himself loves Satan."
Lubanga claimed that he had managed to recruit more than 10,000 followers in the Kivu province of the DRC.
"I managed to lure more than 10 000 people into the cult and I am proud of that. More powerful people in Sandton, South Africa at a church called Devil Angel are doing even greater things.
“We were obliged to fulfil promises and abide by the Satanism law. We were baptised by human blood. People should not blame Satan for any bad things which happen in their lives. Satan does not kill physically, but spiritually.”