Mpika, 29 April, 2021 / 1:18 pm (ACI Africa).
Zambia’s President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has congratulated Msgr. Edwin Mulandu who was appointed Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Mpika on April 24, promising to support him in his episcopal ministry.
“It is with great pleasure that I extend heartfelt congratulations on your appointment as Bishop of Mpika by His Holiness Pope Francis,” President Lungu has been quoted as saying in a Wednesday, April 28 press statement issued by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe.
The Zambian Head of State adds, “I, too, am confident that with your strong foundation of not only a rich professional background but also a profound pastoral experience, you will be able to rise to the enormous responsibilities that lie ahead of you.”
President Lungu further assures the Bishop-elect of his government’s support saying, “As we strive towards a common goal of promoting human dignity and peace in our country, I for my part, will ensure that you receive the necessary cooperation from government functionaries falling under your jurisdiction.”
Fr. Mulandu, 52, is expected to succeed the late Bishop Justin Mulenga who succumbed to a heart-and-kidneys-related illness in March last year. The Diocese that is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kasama has been under the leadership of Fr. Justin Matepa as Diocesan Administrator.