PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
LUSAKA pastor Edmond Kasongo, who is accused of burning a child during exorcism, yesterday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.
But when the matter came up for plea, it was adjourned because Kasongo’s co-accused, Dorothy Mulenga, who is mother of the child, was not in court as she reportedly developed a mental disorder
after being prayed by Kasongo.
Kasongo, 64, a pastor at Trees of Fruits Ministries Church, and Mulenga, 30, of Barlastone Park, have been charged with child assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 248 (a) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Facts are that on March 21 this year in Lusaka, Kasongo and Mulenga, jointly and whilst acting together, assaulted Emmanuel Mulenga, a child under the age of 16.
It is believed that during prayers, Kasongo asked the child to walk on fire as a way of casting out demons from him.
And when the matter came up, father of the child Robert Mulenga, 35, of Kalikiliki township, said his wife could not be in court because she was admitted to Chainama Hills Hospital after she became mentally ill as she was being prayed for by Kasongo.
Mr Mulenga also availed a medical prescription from Chainama Hills Hospital as evidence that his wife was unwell.
“My wife has been admitted to Chainama Hills Hospital for the past one month, she became insane while the pastor was praying for her,” he said.
Lusaka magistrate Brian Simaubi directed the arresting officer to go to Chainama Hills Hospital to get proper documentation so that action could be taken.
“I have seen the prescription that the co-accused is mentally unwell. however, the procedure is that the court can only make an order after seeing the patient. I will allow the arresting officer to go to the hospital and get the documents,” he said.
Magistrate Simaubi adjourned the case to May 19, 2017.
Meanwhile, a Lusaka teacher has been committed to the High Court for allegedly murdering his girlfriend.
Dickson Mulenga, 41, an information communication technology teacher, strangled Margaret Lubushi, 65, after a dispute on March 8, 2017.
Facts are that Mulenga, of Chilenje township, was arrested after post-mortem results of the deceased revealed that Lubushi died of strangulation.
State advocate Ottiliah Muhwende certified the matter as a proper case for trial by the High Court.