700 churches closed down in Rwanda

About 700 churches have been closed down in Rwanda for failing to comply with building regulations and for noise pollution. Most of them are small Pentecostal churches. Government official Justus Kangwagye said that they simply required the churches to meet modest standards. Church leaders have at times been criticized for using loud public address systems to attract worshippers. Some 700 churches were thought to be operating illegally.  According to a proposed new law in Rwanda, all preachers must have theological training before opening a church. The reported crackdown is being carried out by the local authorities with the support of the Rwanda Governance Board.