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Mountain fasting caused woman to collapse, says brother

CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Lusaka
THE family of a woman who recently collapsed at Intercity Bus Terminus and is unconscious at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has availed itself at the health facility and is claiming that Gloria Malama disappeared from home over a year ago.
It also claims that Ms Malama was staying at a mountain, fasting with Divine Assignment Ministries Pastor Kennedy Kalunga and other congregants.
Ms Malama collapsed on Friday last week and is still in an unconscious state at UTH.
Her five-year-old son, Angel, who was stranded at UTH and was spending nights at the hospital’s police post, is now being kept at the Zambia Police Child Protection Unit in Kabwata Township.
Ms Malama’s elder brother, Francis, said she disappeared from home a year and four months ago.
Francis said last week, his sister went home looking malnourished and told him that she was staying at a mountain in Chalala with her pastor and other members of the church.
“My sister came home looking like she had not been eating. After a few days, I received information from her pastor that she had collapsed at Inter-city Bus Terminus and was admitted to UTH,” he said.
Francis said it is sad that his younger sister chose to become a slave [by not eating] when the Bible says the spirit of the Lord does not make anyone a slave.
“What my sister has done to herself is like committing suicide,” he said.
And Pastor Kalunga said God spoke to Ms Malama through a revelation that she should go to the mountain to pray.
Pastor Kalunga said Ms Malama decided to put up a tent at the mountain where she was staying.
“I have been staying at the mountain for three years. About 10 members of the church have also decided to be staying there so that we can be praying together.
“While at the mountain, I proposed love to Gloria because she is a very prayerful woman, and my prayer is that she gets better soon,” he said.
Another pastor, Mathews Tembo, who refused to give the name of his church, said he conducts prayers at the mountain everyday but does not stay there.
Pastor Tembo said many people who seek answers from God go to the mountain to pray.
He said this year, one of his congregants who stays at the mountain got sick and nearly died due to starvation.
“I also pray with Gloria and others but I don’t stay there. We formed a committee that intercedes for the church and their [church members’] families, but others chose to put up tents and started staying there,” pastor Tembo said.
UTH spokesperson Natalie Mashikolo said Ms Malama’s condition has started improving because she is now making some movements.


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