The CRL Rights Commission expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of about fourteen deceased members of Masowe church who were swept away by the floods at Juskei river on Saturday during their baptism ritual.

The Commission whose mandate is to protect and promote the rights of cultural, religious, and linguistic communities wishes to state that the religious communities have the right to exercise their faith and practice their rituals such as water baptism. However, the Commission cautions that the practice of these rights must be accompanied by greater levels of responsibility on the part of the leaders and the members. Moreover, the exercise of these rights and the practice of a person’s faith should always ensure the protection and preservation of one’s life and dignity.

It is for that reason that the Chairperson of the CRL Rights Commission, Professor David Mosoma appeals to all the leaders and members of the cultural, religious, and linguistic communities to ensure that their rituals are done in a safe environment where the sanctity of life is always paramount.

For enquiries contact: Mpiyakhe Mkholo – 01135809100 / 0836594974 or Beverley Mukhavhuli – 0723944075

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