Government has described the death of Prophet Nyirongo as a blow to national reconciliation.
Copperbelt Deputy Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga says the clergyman’s death comes at a time when President Edgar Lungu has called for a day of prayer and fasting.
Mr Kamanga together with Kitwe District Commissioner Chanda Kabwe
Visited the funeral house in Riverside area of Kitwe and also checked on the three accident victims who are admitted at Kitwe Central Hospital.
Prominent Kitwe clergyman Prophet Emmanuel Nyirongo, who recently made headlines for turning water into paraffin, has died in a road traffic accident at Baluba area in Luanshya.
Prophet Nyirongo, who was returning from Lusaka with four of his followers, is among two people who lost their lives as three others are still battling for their lives at Kitwe Central Hospital.
Prophet Faith Missions Vice Chairman Elison Sakala has confirmed the death of the clergyman saying the accident happened around 03 and 04hrs on Sunday Morning.
Elder Sakala says preliminary investigations indicate that the minibus they were travelling in overturned killing Prophet Nyirongo’s assistant Pastor instantly.
He added that Prophet Nyirongo later died at Wusakile Mine Hospital.
The bodies of the deceased are lying at Kitwe Central Hospital where the other two survivors are battling for their lives while one has since been discharged.
Meanwhile, dozens of church members were this morning found seated outside the church as some men removed furniture from the building en route to the funeral house following the suspension of church services.
Prophet Nyirongo used to run a weekly Christian programme on ZNBC TV1 called 30 Minutes of Power with Prophet Emmanuel Nyirongo.