COPPERBELT deputy permanent secretary Elias Kamanga is saddened by the death of renowned Kitwe prophet Emmanuel Nyirongo, in a road traffic accident on Sunday.
Prophet Nyirongo, who recently made headlines when he claimed that he had turned water into paraffin, died with his assistant, pastor Stanley Mulumba after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned at Baluba area in Luanshya on the Kitwe-Ndola dual carriage way.
Mr Kamanga, in an interview yesterday, described prophet Nyirongo’s death as a blow to the nation and the Church’s mission of winning souls to Jesus Christ.
He said Government is saddened to see the country lose one of the gifted youthful clergymen, whose prophetic ministry, won the hearts of so many Christians.
“It is sad to lose such a dedicated church leader. We are saddened by his death,” Mr Kamanga said.
Mr Kamanga said the demise of Prophet Nyirongo, 30, who doubled his prophetic ministry with singing gospel, is a bitter pill to swallow.
He said it is sad to lose a unifier and dedicated man of God at a time when President Lungu has declared October 18 as a national day of prayer and fasting.
The late Nyirongo was the founder of Prophetic Faith Mission (PFM) and released songs such as Nsungileni ebo mwampela, Kutali mwamfunya and Lesa talaba among others.
He met his fate while returning from Lusaka for a church conference with four of his followers.
The tragic accident happened between 04:00 and 05:00 hours after a minibus they were travelling in overturned, killing Pastor Mulunda instantly, while Prophet Nyirongo died at Kitwe’s Wusakile Mine Hospital.
Prophet Nyirongo ran a weekly Christian programme on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation television called 30 Minutes of Power with Prophet Emmanuel Nyirongo.