By George Lemba
The Catholic Church has suspended St. Maurice (Kaunda Square Catholic Church) Parish Priest Abel Mwelwa from priesthood after a married woman he had an extramarital affair with died in his Parish House during the Easter Holiday.
The married woman is said to have lied to her husband that she was going for a funeral with her fellow women from the Catholic Women’s League but went to Father Mwelwa’s Parish House where she died in the night in unexplained circumstances.
According to memo from Alick Banda, the Archbishop of Lusaka addressed to the clergy, religious and Lay faithful, Father Mwelwa has been suspended with immediate effect.
“I hereby wish to inform you that I have with immediate effect suspended the Very Rev. Ringford Abel Mwelwa from the priesthood indefinitely. With this suspension he ceases to be Parish Priest for Kaunda Square Parish as well as Judicial Vicar of the Archbishop of Lusaka,” read the two-paragraphed memo dated 30th April 2020.
According to her fellow women from the Catholic Women’s League (CWL), the woman was invited to Father Mwelwa’s Parish House on Holy Thursday night.
“She was a married woman from St. Maurice and she lied to her husband that she was going for a funeral with her fellow league members in Kaunda Square. Sadly she died in Abel’s room in the Parish House that night – on Holy Thursday,” said the source.
The source said Father Mwelwa called some CWL members from St. Maurice who came to pick up the body and took it to Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital where she was confirmed dead on arrival and taken to the University Teaching Hospital mortuary as brought in dead (BID).
The source said the Archbishop of Lusaka was made to pay for the funeral expenses by the family of the deceased woman.
Police are waiting for postmortem results to determine what led to her death.
The Catholic church World over does not tolerate nonsense and in Zambia it is far much better than the PF in terms of morals and discipline.
If it was in the PF, the suspended priest would have continued doing what he was doing as can be seen by the way Edgar Lungu treats his fellow corrupt criminals like Chitalu Chilufya and others.
In the pictures is the suspended priest with someone’s wife who died in house though its not clear whether the woman died of conjugal activities or God simply allowed this to act as deterrent to anyone including Christians for Lungu who we know that are busy breaking marriages.