August 20, 2012

Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass.

Edgar Lungu, minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, Zambia, was sent to his homeland Aug. 1.

He declined to say why the priest, 40, was deported.

“Father Banyangandora’s conduct was found to be a danger to peace and good order in Zambia,” Lungu said.

Father Evan Sakala, a local pastor, said police pointed to comments Banyangandora made in which he castigated the government over its handling of an impasse between cotton growers and cotton ginners.