Tuesday, May 28, 2024

President Lungu mourns Catholic Priests


President Edgar Lungu is deeply saddened by the death of Catholic Priests Charles Chilinda and Patrick Muyenga who died in Lusaka’s Maina Soko Military Hospital yesterday.

The President said Fr. Chilinda and Fr. Muyenga were renowned priests who supported the government’s efforts in uplifting the lives of the Zambian people especially the vulnerable.

“In Fr. Chilinda we have lost a selfless and dedicated Man of God. The passing on of Fr. Chilinda is indeed a big blow not only to the Catholic community and the Society of Jesus Community in Zambia but to the entire country. On behalf of the government of the Republic of Zambia, the people, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Society of Jesus Provincial of Zambia – Malawi Province, Father Leonard Chiti. May the Almighty God comfort the bereaved family and the Catholic community and may the Soul of Fr. Chilinda rest in eternal peace,” the President said.

The President added that “Fr. Chilinda was a Charismatic Priest who advocated for civility in politics and through Loyola Production in Zambia, did many video productions that promoted Christian values.

And the President has regretted the death of Fr. Muyenga of the Capuchin Franciscan Order in Zambia.

“Fr. Muyenga was a man for the people and all those seeking solace in the house of God looked to Fr. Muyenga for help and counsel,” President Lungu noted.

President Lungu said the demise of Fr. Muyenga is yet another setback to the Catholic community in Zambia and the Capuchin Franciscan Order.

“We join the Capuchin Franciscan Order in Zambia, the bereaved family, and the Catholic community in mourning Fr. Muyenga who celebrated 40 years of Priesthood last year in October. On behalf of the government of the Republic of Zambia, the people, and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend deepest sympathies to the Provincial Custodian of the Capuchin Franciscan Order in Zambia, Father Augustine Mwape, the Muyenga family, and the entire Catholic community in Zambia,” he said.

The President has since urged the Catholic community and all the bereaved families to look up to the Almighty God for strength and peace during this difficult time.

This is contained in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe.


  1. This Covid-19 Variant is lethal. To control its spread the PF Govt has to lockdown the Economy. Social Gatherings such as Party celebrations, Church Services, Political Rallies, Funerals etc are Covid-19 Super Spreaders and should be stopped for now.Without imposing these restrictions more Zambians are going to perish. Action…Action is required by Govt to slow down the Spread of Covid-19 in Zambia. Amen.

  2. This virus has changed a lot of lives. I was baptized last weekend on Sunday and I am now born again.

    To this effect i have decided to forgive all my enemies including upnd diasporans. I ask you all to embrace my extension of an olive branch. Life is too short to harbour hateful feelings.

    Please join me in embracing reconciliation. Let us work together

  3. Shut down Church gatherings!
    If Church leaders contract COVID, their job of preaching makes them Super Spreaders of COVID-21

  4. The continued dying of Priests calls for the closure of Churches for now. The Govt should also introduce restrictive measures on Super Spreaders like Parties, Funerals, Political Rallies, mass Meetings, Restaurants,Bars,Saloons etc.To slow down Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths the Govt should lockdown the Economy. Govt inaction will lead to more Covid-19 deaths. The writing is on the wall.

  5. Until we start to separate the so called clergymen from government business, we are forever doomed as a nation. I don’t see any relevance of these fake bishops and the like to be so involved in governance but fail lamentably to criticize the same government over its treatment of the opposition and ignoring bad policies of the PF regime. In other words, they are ‘us kissers’ epela. Vote wisely vote UPND let’s try HH for once and see how he governs us.

  6. We can mourn and pray but faith without Action is futile. Clerics have been complacency in handling the Covid-19 Pandemic. Clerics are not immune to this disease and therefore must learn to adhere to Covid-19 WHO Guidelines to reduce infections. All Social Gatherings like Church prayers,Funerals, Weddings etc must be suspended until Covid 19 are under control.

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