Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu has opted to renounce his position and go for for early retirement. According to the statement released by the Caotholic Church to the media, the Pope’s Representative to Zambian and Malawi, H.E. Julio Murat, has since officially announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Alick Banda, who until now, was Bishop of Ndola Diocese, as the Archbishop of Lusaka.
According to the statement , Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu was born on 21st May, 1947. He was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Kasama on 17th December, 1972. In 1987, Pope St. John Paul II appointed him Bishop of then Mbala-Mpika Catholic Diocese. He was then appointed coadjutor Archbishop of Lusaka in 2004 with the right of succession to replace the late Joseph Cardinal Mazombwe which he did in 2006.
Archbishop Mpundu was first elected ZEC President in 1993 when he served for two terms and left office in 1999. He was elected later in 2002 and served in that capacity until 2008. In 2014 and 2017 He was re-elected President of the now Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB).