Zambian bishop interviewed by police over theft charges: The Church of England Newspaper, June 20, 2013 June 27, 2013Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of Central Africa, Corruption.
Tags: Derek Kamukwamba, Diocese of Central Zambia
Members of the chapter of the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity in Ndola have lodged a criminal complaint with police charging the Bishop of Central Zambia, the Rt. Rev. Derek Kamukwamba, with theft of cathedral funds.
On 11 June 2013 the Bishop was interviewed by police and asked to respond to the charges. Bishop Kamukwamba told the local media he had no comment to make about the allegations.
Bishop Kamukwamba has been engaged in a dispute with members of the Cathedral for the past year. Shortly before Christmas, the bishop found the door to his office at the Cathedral locked.
He was handed a copy of a letter written by the chapter to Archbishop Albert Chama of Central Africa calling for his resignation. The letter accused the bishop of having unlawfully ordained his nephew to the diaconate over the objections of the congregation who had reservations about his fitness.
They accused the nephew, the Rev. Stubbs Kamukwamba, of having got with child an underage member of the cathedral youth group and then helping the mother procure an abortion. The objections were brought to Bishop Kamukwamba, but were ignored the chapter said.
The criminal investigation and ecclesiastical proceedings are ongoing.