Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili has offered her condolences to the Catholic Church in Muchinga Province over the death of St John’s Catholic Parish Priest in Chinsali.

The Minister who visited St. John’s Catholic Parish in Mpika said government mourns together with the Catholic Church and the family of Father Sefelino Chibesa.

Rev Sumaili who was in the company of Muchinga Provincial Minister Malozo Sichone, said government is saddened by the death of Father Chibesa who died on Wednesday August 28, 2019 in Vienna, Austria where he was studying.

And Mpika Diocese Vicar General Paul Simkanza explained that Fr Chibesa was found dead in his room in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday.

The Vicar  General said Fr Chibesa was supposed to celebrate evening Mass on Wednesday night but could not show up adding that, those present got concerned and decided to knock on his door but received no response.

Father Simkanza further explained that it was at that point that police and the fire brigade were informed and later forced the door open and found him dead.

The Vicar general said the cause of death is not yet known but doctors in Austria will soon communicate the cause of death after postmortem investigations are concluded.

Meanwhile Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone asked the church in the province to pray against the spirit of suicide.

Mr Sichone explained that it is worrying to note that the province has continued to record high number of suicide cases which involved the young and old people.

He observed that this situation needed to be urgently addressed.

He however stated that Muchinga Province is blessed with good climate conditions and good soils which support Agricultural activities which if put to good use has the potential to eradicate poverty.

The Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs is in Muchinga Province to interact with the clergy on the Constitution Amendment bill number 10, share information on the Self-Regulatory framework, the national house of prayer and the day of prayer which falls on 18th of October every year.

This is contained in a statement availed to ZANIS today by Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Public Relations Officer Chibesa Musukwa.

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