Pastors ‘fight’ in court over funds, property


THREE pastors of Redemption Evangelistic Church in Chisamba have dragged their colleagues from its breakaway church to Lusaka High Court for allegedly mismanaging funds and abusing the church building and other property.

The preacher men are seeking an interim injunction to restrain pastors of the breakaway church, Redemption Harvest Church from Kasaka Bible Institute, from fellowshipping in the church building and allowing dormitories to be occupied  by people who were not students.

Bishop Happyson Mwashamputa, Pastor Stephen Charumbila and Reverend Alinani Mulenga of Redemption Evangelistic Church sued Pastor Julia Sichilongo, Pastor Benjamin Sakala and the Redemption Harvest Church.

In a statement of claim filed in the court yesterday, the trio are also seeking a declaration that the manner in which Redemption Harvest Church obtained its registration certificate was irregular.

The trio has charged that Redemption Harvest Church illegally replaced Rev. Mulenga on the church bill board.

They alleged that Redemption Harvest Church had mismanaged funds from foreign donors which led to loss of confidence in the church, resulting in the halting of funding.

“The third defendant engaged other unknown foreign funders without the knowledge of the third plaintiff to carry out plumbing works. As a result, the foreign funders who had been funding the Redemption Evangelistic Church stopped doing so,” the statement reads.

They said the defendants have accommodated their relatives at Kasaka Bible School quarters which were meant for students thereby depriving them of accommodation.

“The defendants have availed to their relatives accommodation intended for Kasaka Bible School students thereby depriving the Bible School of living quarters.

“The third defendant has been engaging other churches in using Kasaka Bible Institute without the plaintiffs’ knowledge and consent. The abuse of the church building and the Bible institute has adversely affected the first plaintiff’s interests,” the statement reads.

The trio said members of Redemption Evangelistic Church who contributed positively were disadvantaged and deprived of quiet enjoyment of the church building and Kasaka Bible Institute.

They said confusion arising from irregular activities have led to some people taking advantage of the situation by purchasing vehicles in the name of Redemption Evangelistical Church.

They said as a result of Redemption Harvest Church’s irregularities, Rev Mulenga has suffered loss, general damages and special damages.

“The plaintiff claims general damages for loss of foreign sponsors, services in lecturing the third plaintiff’s students; interest on the sums due from the date of writ of summons to date of judgment and from date of judgment to date of payment at Central Bank rates; costs and other relief the court may deem fit,” the statement reads.

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