We are doing nothing as men of God – Pastor Salanje

Renowned preacher Pastor Hastings Salanje says the death of Malawi’s gospel songbird Grace Chinga is testimony that “we are doing nothing as men of God”.

Grace was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital Wednesday night after she complained of a splitting headache where a short-while later, hospital officials pronounced her dead.

“This is an attack from the devil and it could be prevented if someone was to pray for her and command her soul to come back. “If someone can suffer headache in the evening and die in that same evening and be taken to mortuary without thinking of taking a person to a certain man of God for a solution, is clear indication that there are no trusted men of God in the land,” says Pastor Salanje. Grace was rushed to the hospital by Pastor Chris Suya Wednesday night.

Grace had earlier complained of a splitting headache. A postmortem is, however, underway for authentic cause of death. However, Pastor Salanje, who was recently in the news for his display of wealth attributed to his faith in God, blamed the local pastors of “collecting tithes from people but we can’t provide solutions to small problems like (headache)”.

“…the whole Grace Chinga going to the grave because of a headache like that, without no one to rescue her soul? I feel so ashamed to be called a man of God and yet we allow the devil to take people to the grave like that while we are watching…,” Pastor Salanje says.

The music fraternity in the country has been stunned by the news of the sudden death of Malawi’s few female music artists. Musicians Association of Malawi President Rev. Chimwemwe Mhango has described the development ‘a great loss’ to Malawi.

“it’s a bit comforting when someone was sick for a long time because at least you understand as time goes on but when you just receive news that someone just had a headache, passed out and then she is pronounced dead, it is truly shocking. “Grace’s death is a great shock to us all,” Mhango said.

Grace rose to stardom in the mid 90s and her track record was ever rising judging by the sales of her albums as years progressed.