Wednesday 13 May 2020

Married woman found dead inside Catholic priest’s house

The two are said to be lovers. Photo: Lusaka Times
In a mysterious turn of events, a married woman died in a Catholic priest's house after she had lied to her husband she was going somewhere else - 

The woman, said to be the priest's lover, is also a member of the Catholic Women's league from St Maurice Catholic church - Father Abel Mwelwa was suspended by the church and also forced to pay for the funeral expenses following the incident 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. has learnt the woman is a member of the Catholic Women’s league from St Maurice Catholic Church in Lusaka. 

According to sources, 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. Lusaka Times reported 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. 

The priest is said to have injected something in the woman in a bid to terminate her pregnancy. 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. 

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