Malawi courageous Bishop Zuza laid to rest

Thousands of Roman Catholic Church faithful led by the Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Julio Murat and other denominations gathered at St Peters Cathedral in Mzuzu diocese on Monday to pay their last respect to the late Bishop Thomas Mukasa Zuza of the Diocese of Mzuzu, who was laid to rest after died in a car crash last Thursday.

President Mutharika paying respect

President Mutharika paying respect 

Prayers as Bishop Zuza is laid to rest

Prayers as Bishop Zuza is laid to rest

At exactly, 2:10 pm the body of Bishop Zuza, who died at the age of 59 was lowered into the grave.

A cross section of people, who braved heavy rains in Mzuzu that included  the State President Peter Mutharika, Vice President Saulosi Chilima, Malawi Congress Party  (MCP) president Lazarous Chakwera,  former vice president Khumbo Kachali, National Assembly Speaker Richard Msowoya, former First Lady Calista Mutharika .

Vice President Chilima on behalf of the State President in his eulogy asked Malawians to emulate the life and stewardship that the late Reverend Bishop lived when serving the church and the country in various portfolios.

In his remarks, Archbishop Thomas Msusa saluted the late Bishop for his courage when speaking the truth for the sake of the poor and the nation.

“This is the man who dedicated his life to serving God and speaking for the truth always without fear or favour. He was active, courageous and friendly and it is like a nightmare that he is gone,” said Archbishop Msusa.

Zuza is well known for rebuking former Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika for his autocratic leadership style, saying any person who thinks is always perfect is wrong and “chindere chakufikapo”.

The Archbishop described the death of Zuza as a big blow to the church.

“We have lost a pillar in our church. He was a well dedicated Bishop in serving God and the Church,” he said.

His Grace also expressed gratitude to the State President Peter Mutharika for financial support amounting to K2 million which was used during the funeral ceremony.

A relative to the late Bishop described the death as backyard step to the family because he was a pillar.

“This is a sad moment because Joseph was a pillar, who we all relied,” he said.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Julio Murat said he was inspired with the way the late Bishop Zuza dedicated his life to God, citing an example when he visited the late Bishop in September last year.

“I saw a Pastor who prays with a special time-table and he served God and the Church with his heart. In Zuza l saw a man of faith which moved him to prayers and loving God,” said the Apostolic Nuncio.

The late Bishop Zuza was born on 2, October, 1955 at Marembo Village, T/A Mbelwa in Mzimba district.

The late Bishop was the first born in a family of nine children.

The late Bishop was ordained a deacon on 30, May, 1982 before being ordained as a priest on 25th, July, 1982 at St Patrick’s now St Dennis Parish in Rumphi.

In 1995 St. John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese.

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26 thoughts on “Malawi courageous Bishop Zuza laid to rest”

  1. Tengupenya says:

    Roman Catholic Bishops are celibate and therefore sire no children. At least officially, there are no expectations that a catholic bishop would have sired children while earnestly in service of The Lord as a priest or a bishop. As men, they are in fresh not infallible. But as men of God, they have the inner spirit to remain faithful to their vow of celibacy.

  2. chatty man says:

    R.I.P

  3. Kinley Mary says:

    Rest in Peace Ambuye. Munalidi olimba mtima. Tidzasowa ntchito zanu zokoma zokokera anthu ku Mbumba yaMulungu.

  4. Paul Dolezar says:

    Kodi wasiya ana angati? Nanga zidzukulu ndi zidzukulutudzi?

    1. pina says:

      Kkkkkk. I dont think he has zidzikulu tudzi , he was only 56 years old. I’ll shocked if he has any zidzikulutudzi. Bwanji? Ukufuna ku kwatila bwanjalo..?

  5. kamwendo says:

    may his soul rest in peace. God bless our country

  6. musisipala says:

    Everything has a time. Moto umasata kumene kwasala tchire

  7. Hio says:

    Bravo Peter and Callista you are strong. Zinazi osamazitengera leave it to God

  8. Namihavani says:

    Kodi APM ali ndi ma bodyguard angati Mukhito, ADC, Mwapasa, Chisale, ndi Beni Phiri kulikonse basi kumangosatira alomwe awa kutibera basi

  9. John chunga says:

    RIP zuza we will miss u for ever

  10. Moses Phiri says:

    May his soul rest in peace.

  11. MBACHI says:

    RIP BISHOP. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU.

  12. Mollen kabenda says:

    RIEp

  13. VERY SAD & SHOCKING… ANYWAY… REST IN PEACE!

  14. Mbanangwa says:

    EMAX I do not know what and how you mean! The day was great, very beautiful, thousands upon thousands of Malawians from Chikwawa, Blantyre, Zomba, Mangochi, Lilongwe, Dedza, Tanzania, Zambia and Karonga converged at St Peter’s. it was a sight to be held. The singing, the dances my God!
    It poured and rained cats and dogs but most of us were there besides the late bishop, rubbing shoulder to shoulder. No dongle person ever ran away from the rains. Priests, sisters, Christians of all walks of life stood speechless in the rains. I have never seen such manifestation of FAITH. God is alive, he lives and he is there! I do not even know how to express it! I have become a Catholic today. I will change my local name to Joseph!

    1. Hio says:

      Paja Aliyense akafa ndie kuti apita ku heaven by faith. Tikazionera komko. Tikaona kuti oweruzayo akayiweruza bwanji

  15. Kambwali says:

    You’ve gone early

  16. May his soul rest internal peace and god should continue to comfort the zuza family and the entire catholic church

  17. ben wa ben says:

    RIP

  18. Bessam Kapuma says:

    May His Soul Rest in peace if he did according to the will of God while on earth.

  19. koma says:

    Rest in peace. Imfa ndiyowawa.

  20. Atusaye nyondo says:

    R I P

  21. kaulandix says:

    RIP. ZUZA YOU CONTRIBUTED MUCH IN THE CHURCH, AS WELL AS TO THE NATION AT LARGE. YOU HAVE GONE EARLY BCOZ APM’S MISTAKES HAVE BEEN LEFT WITHOUT YOU CORRECTING THEM.

  22. EMAX says:

    rip zuza. is there place in heaven for bishops who have remained? is bingu in the same venue you have reached? how are discussions going on? have you seen pope paul ii anywhere? did you receive xst b4 this happens. (1jn.5:11-13).
    i suggest 2million could have been given to zuzas relatives.

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