Archbishop Mpundu bounces back as ZEC President

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The Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) has elected Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka Telesphore Mpundu as its new President for a third time running.

Archbishop Mpundu was elected during a ZEC plenary meeting held at Kapingila House in Lusaka from Monday ,July 7 to yesterday, Friday, July 11, 2014.

Archbishop Mpundu will de deputized by the Right Reverend Alick Banda, the Bishop of Ndola.

ZEC Secretary General Cleophas Lungu announced the election of Archbishop Mpundu in a media statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

Fr. Lungu said Archbishop Mpundu takes over from Archbishop Ignatius Chama of Kasama Diocese who is also the Apostolic Administrator of Mpika.

He explained that Archbishop Mpundu comes to the helm of the ZEC Board as President for the third time.

Archbishop Mpundu was first elected ZEC President in 1993 and served for two terms before leaving office in 1999 and was later elected in 2002 serving until 2008.

Other members of the ZEC Board are Reverends Raymond Mpezele, Bishop of Livingstone, George Lungu, Bishop of Chipata and Charles Kasonde the Bishop of Solwezi.

Fr. Lungu said the ZEC immediate past President Archbishop Chama of Kasama is the designated alternate member.