Petros Chintankwa

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Petros Chintankwa (died 1972) was the husband to Alice Lenshina. Chintankwa was a cousin of Lenshina's first husband, Gibson Nkwale. After Nkwale died, Lenshina was cleansed and inherited by Chintakwa, in accordance with the Bemba custom.[1][2] Chintankwa and Lenshina had five children.[2]


Chintankwa was arrested and sentenced to two years in hard labor for “inciting violence”, bringing about the first open conflict between the Lumpa Church and the colonial administration. The arrest came after he led a protest against the imprisonment of Joseph Mumba, a Lumpa member who accused a Bemba priest Pascal Kakokota of witchcraft.[3]

See also


  1. Retracing Lenshina's followers by Mwala Kalaluka
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dictionary of African Biography, Volume 6 by By Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong, Henry Louis Gates, p487
  3. [Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary] by Heather Jane Sharkey, p44