A Catholic priest of Holy Cross Namwala Parish identified as Father Kenan Chibawe has committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The incident reportedly happened on Thursday, April 21, in Namwala district, Southern Province, Zambia.
Fr. Chibabwe, who has been in the priesthood since 1999, was aged 50.
A Southern Province Deputy Police Commissioner, Alfred Nawa confirmed the incident to journalists in Zambia.
Mr. Nawa explained that the matter was reported to the Police by another Catholic Priest, Father Patrick Kabombe of the same Parish.
According to him, Father Chibawe had earlier convened a meeting with a catholic priest and another church leader at the parish house, to review the Easter celebrations.
It was gathered that during the meeting, Father Chibawe excused himself after receiving a phone call from an unknown person.
He said after 20 minutes, the priest and the church leader heard a gunshot from Father Chibawe’s room, and upon checking, they found him lying in a pool of blood, with the gun beside his body.