Bishop Brighton Malasa of the Anglican Church in Malawi led thousands of people to mourn Rev.Fr. Constantine Kaswaya of Soche Hill parish who passed away on Tuesday.
In attendance during a funeral mass at Holy Innocent Parish were different religious leaders like Fr. Rev. George Buleya of the Roman Catholic Church.
The late Fr. Kaswaya died of Asthma at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital this week.
He was laid to rest on Friday at Misesa Cemetery in a funeral ceremony which was attended by thousands of Anglican faithful and many left fond tributes.
Rev Kaswaya, who has died at the age of 65 was laid to rest next to his late wife Beatrice, who died in December.
In a funeral mass held at Holy Innocent Parish in Limbe, Bishop Malasa, who was the main celebrant, described the death of Fr Kaswaya as a big blow to the Anglican Church.
“I’m deeply concerned by this death because it was in December when we were here to bury his wife,” said Bishop Malasa in solemn tonne.
“ When l visited him at his house on 14 January he told me that before the death of his wife she joked that she will be the first one to die before him. This is very sad,” said Bishop Malasa.
Malasa said the whole church in Malawi was taken by surprise to hear about the death of Fr Kaswaya who remained faithful and dedicated to his duties.
His journey to priesthood started in 1972 when he went to Kachebere Major Seminary in Mchinji before going to England where he did Diploma in Church administration.
He also did canon law in 1993.
Kaswaya was ordained priest in 1978 at Mpondasi parish and served in the following parishes, Ndirande, Bangwe, Holy Innocent and Soche Hill.
Rev Kaswaya retired as a priest on 31 January 2015 before he was recalled back to serve at Soche Hill Parish, where he only served for 15 days before he breathed his last.
Outside the church Fr Kaswaya became very popular when he was Chairperson for Public Affairs Committee.
The late Fr. Kaswaya , described by many d as a “wonderful” priest was born on 4, January at Chiponde Village, T/A Gumpha in Likoma.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :