Lusaka, 21 March, 2020 / 3:47 am (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Zambia has died just two days after he issued a statement with directives on COVID-19, which included the “indefinite closure of all Major Seminaries” in the Southern Africa nation.
Zambian Bishop Justin Mulenga, 65, passed on Friday, March 20 in his country’s capital, Lusaka, a Church official in Zambia announced in a statement seen by ACI Africa, revealing, in a separate message, that the late Bishop had succumbed to a heart-and-kidneys-related illness.
“I write to inform you of the passing on of Rt. Rev. Justin Mulenga, until today, Bishop of Mpika Diocese. He died early this morning at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), in Lusaka, Zambia,” the Secretary General of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Fr. Cleophas Lungu wrote Friday, March 20.
“He travelled to Lusaka on Monday. Tuesday, he signed the papers and started his normal check-ups. On Wednesday, he was admitted and today he is no more,” Fr. Lungu stated in a separate message seen by ACI Africa, adding that the late Bishop Mulenga was aware of his two body organs’ complications.
“He has been unwell and was in hospital doing some medical tests. (Bishop Mulenga) had a heart and kidneys complications,” Fr. Lungu stated, adding that the late Bishop “was aware and managing his heart problem; (he) even had treatment in German.”