Govt warn pastors swindling members  


By Staff Reporter

Government says it is deeply concerned with the clergy who are in the habit of swindling congregants of their hard-earned money.

Guidance and Religious Affairs minister, Godfridah Sumaili expressed her concern about the continued reports and incidences involving ‘men of God’ in criminal activities.

Sumaili condemned in strongest terms the clergymen who betray the trust of their calling as well as that of church members.

“Am encouraging members of the general public to take caution when entrusting their resources with people of questionable character and also appealing to the Zambia Police to continue acting decisively on perpetrators of criminality,” said Sumaili.

She disclosed that her ministry would engage the church mother bodies in order to bring sanity among the clergy and religious organisations.

“In September this year, police in Lusaka arrested pastor John Simfukwe of Inter-denominational Jesus Ministries, Chipata Overspill Compound for having swindled his own congregant a widow of K260, 000. Facts of the matter are that in August this year, Mildred Chikote gave Pastor Simfukwe K170, 000 with a view that he will buy her a house. The clergyman went on to obtain another K90, 000 in the name of blessing her money which was meant for her to do business which he never returned,” she said.