Bulawayo city councillors have resolved to convene a meeting with apostolic sect members in a bid to end open air worshiping.
Debating during a full council meeting on Wednesday, Clr Paul Malaba, Ward four, said apostolic members have invaded every vacant council space and making noise for other residents.
“We are tired of these churches doing open air worship. Council has a resolution which prohibits the practice but they are increasing. They have destroyed the environment and its unacceptable,” said Malaba.
Malaba further said the worshipers often invade areas without toilet facilities a situation that poses health hazard to other residents.
Deputy Mayor Amen Mpofu concurred that apostolic sect churches were breaking council by-laws.
He said: “I think we need a dialogue with these churches so that they may understand council plans because at times they may not understand why we condemn open worship.”
The city fathers also resolved to call for application from all denominations wishing to construct churches.
Clr Rueben Matengu added that some churches leaders in high density suburbs such as Nkulumane and Tshabalala were convening church meetings in their houses while irritating other residents.