In a mysterious turn of events, a married woman died inside a Catholic priest’s house after she had lied to her husband she was attending a funeral elsewhere.
The woman (name not supplied) who was also a member of the Catholic Women’s league from St Maurice Catholic church in Zambia died at Father Abel Mwelwa’s house.
According to Africawish, Father Abel Mwelwa invited the woman who also happens to be his lover to the parish house sometime in April.
Father Abel Mwelwa is alleged to have injected some substance into the deceased in an attempt to abort her pregnancy.
Following her death, 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,” reads part of the memo.
A source close to the media revealed that the clergyman was asked to pay for the funeral expenses by the deceased’s family.
Meanwhile, 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.