A married woman in Zambia is said to have died inside a Catholic priest’s house after she lied to her husband she was attending a funeral elsewhere.
It was learnt the woman is a member of the Catholic Women’s league from St Maurice Catholic Church in Lusaka.
According to report, Father Abel Mwelwa invited the woman who also happens to be his lover to the parish house on the night of Holy Thursday, May 7.
It was gathered that Archbishop Alick Banda suspended the clergyman as the judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of Lusaka moments after the occurrence became public.
An official memo from the church also stated Father Mwelwa had ceased being the parish priest of Kaunda Square parish.
“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,” a part of the memo read.
A source close to the media said that the clergyman was mandated to pay for the funeral expenses by the deceased’s family.
As at the time of writing this report, the autopsy result for her death was not yet ready as the woman’s family urged the police to investigate the real cause of her death.
An unconfirmed source, however, said that the priest reportedly injected some substance into the deceased in an attempt to abort her pregnancy.