THE MUTUMWA CHURCH OF PETER MULENGA* (Part I) BY CLIVE DILLON-MALONE (University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia) The Mutumwa churches' movement is a medico-religious heal- ing movement which has been growing and spreading in Zambia ever since the early decades of this century.' The word Mutumwa means "the one sent" or "apostle" and is firmly rooted in the Christian Bible. In the early years of its history, Mutumwa Church was associated with nchimi (meaning "diviner") and only became formally registered as Mutumwa in 1966, two years after Zambian Independence in 1964. At this time, Peter Mulenga had been work- ing closely with one John Sikapizye, a Namwanga from Nakonde village in Isoka. Both had previously become members of Watch Tower for a time but had been expelled for their witch-finding vac- tivities. In 1973, Mulenga parted amicably from Sikapizye and began to move southwards. He stayed in Kabwe from 1974-1976 and finally established the headquarters of his church at Mutendere in Lusaka in 1977. His church was formally registered as "Mutum- wa Church" thereby acknowledging its link with its sister church on the Copperbelt. While Sikapizye continued to be recognized as formal head of the church on the Copperbelt
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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