Twenty people were on Sunday reported to have perished in a stampede in a church in Tanzania’s Moshi town.
The injured plus the fatalities were all faithful to the Arise and Shine Ministry headed by Pastor Boniface Mwamposa.
The cleric was leading a service on Saturday night and invited the attendees for an “anointing oil” when they all began to rush to have a smear of the same.
They trampled on mercilessly, jostling each other with their elbows not aware of the tragedy that had stared.
After the tragedy the controversial preacher ran to Dar es Salaam where police caught up with him leading a prayer service in another branch of the church in the coastal city.
Mwamposa was arrested and the police are still undertaking investigations into the deadly incident with the charges not yet clear.
Tanzania’s interior Minister George Simbawachene condemned the preacher for not taking precautions considering the huge number of worshippers that frequent his church. He added the preacher had extended the service with two hours which was illegal.
The Minister said the church on the night had hosted many people and thus the number of fatalities could rise to more than twenty people.
“The incident took place at night and there were many people, so there is a possibility that more casualties could emerge,” George Simbawachene, Tanzania Interior Minister.
President John Pombe Magufuli mourned with the bereaved families as he prayed for the injured to experience quick recovery. He further called on police to expedite investigations and bring the atrocities responsible to book.