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Pastor jailed one year over failed resurrection


A PASTOR at Zion Spirit Church in Chadiza district who admitted having buried his follower alive after being requested to do so by the deceased member has been jailed for one year. Ryan Phiri, 48, and Vincent Mwale, 25, last year buried James Sakala alive outside the church grounds as the choir and other congregants sang songs of resurrection. The duo appeared before Chipata resident High Court judge Mercy Makubalo where they faced a manslaughter charge, which they readily admitted to. “On March 21, 2021 at around 08:00 hours, about 30 members of Zion Spirit Church based at Mangwiro Farms in Chadiza gathered for the usual worship and prayers,” the statement of facts reads. “At about 11:00 hours, they were joined by two people, among them the now deceased James Sakala, of Chief Maguya in Chipata, who CLICK TO READ MORE