Tanzania Police authorities have arrested a pastor after two people he was baptising in a river drowned on Sunday, July 16.
The local deputy police commandant, Hamisi Selemani Issa, told the BBC that the two drowned in the River Ungwasi after being overhelmed by strong currents while being immersed in the water as part of the baptism ceremony conducted by the pastor of the Shalom Church in the Rombo area.
Mr Issa said the pastor was being held with other members of the church for questioning over the incident.
We don’t know what [exactly] happened, but I understand these people believe that baptism has to be done in a river, when others have been doing it in church. The river is big and if you are not careful you can drown.”