Pastor sued over witchcraft accusations

Man Of God, priest - Pastor
Man Of God, priest - Pastor

A PASTOR of the Apostolic Church of Zambia in Ndola’s Twapia Township has been dragged to court together with his wife for accusing one of his members of being a witch.

Pastor Lewis Chansa and his spouse, Natasha, were brought before Ndola main local court principal presiding magistrate Sarah Bwalya for accusing Barbara Sisala of being a witch.
Sisala said the matter started in 2011 when Pastor Chansa’s daughter ran away to stay with the plaintiff for two weeks at the time she was writing her grade nine examinations.
This prompted Sisala’s husband to go and apologise to Pastor Chansa for having welcomed the clergyman’s daughter without the knowledge of the father.
Sisala said the clergyman and his wife refused the apology and chased her husband away claiming that she had transferred her charms to the pastor’s daughter before accusing him of being a wizard.
Apparently, the pastor’s daughter could not go back to her father but instead went to stay with another church member in Kitwe where she has been up to this year.
In his defence, Pastor Chansa said the plaintiff kept his daughter without informing him and that the clergyman only saw his daughter after three years.
The clergyman said during cross-examination that he was a responsible man who could not fail to look after his own daughter and wondered why Sisala decided to keep the young girl on his behalf.
His wife, Natasha said her daughter wanted to write her grade nine examinations in 2011 but her father feared that she could fail because she had not been going to school for two terms.
“To our surprise our daughter decided to leave home and went to live with Ms Sisala and Mr Kabala who even paid all the fees for her,” she said.
The court referred the matter to their church because they were members of the same congregation and the matter has since been adjourned to November 19, 2013.