Mutharika, Chilima lead tributes to Zuza: Malawi Catholic bishop dies in car accident

President Peter Mutharika and vice president Saulos Chilima have led tributes to Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza of Mzuzu Diocese of the influential Catholic Church, who died in a car crash on Thursday at the age of 59.

Bishop Jospeh Zuza: Dies after car crash

Bishop Jospeh Zuza: Dies after car crash

Mutharika called Bishop Zuza “one of the finest sons of the nation”, while Chilima a devout Catholic said he had “complete integrity in all he did”.

Zuza was praised by former president Bakili Muluzi as a “thoroughly inspiring church leader” whose death left a “huge hole” in the faith community.

According to the communications secretary Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) which Zuza chaired,  Fr. Andrew Kaufa, the bishop was driving himself along the Chikangawa-Nthungwa road, returning to Mzuzu, and his car rolled several times.

He was rushed to the hospital in Mzuzu, where he died.

State House press officer Chikondi Juma said in a statement that President Mutharika learnt with “deep shock” at the untimely death of Zuza.

“The President joins all Malawians in expressing condolences and great sympathy to the family, the Catholic Church and the greater Malawi on the loss of a patriotic and development conscious church leader who was a partner of Government. The President is greatly saddened by this loss and joins all Malawians in mourning the passing of one the finest sons of the nation,” reads a statement from State House.

Mutharika assured that his Government will “stand shoulder to shoulder” with the Catholic Church and all Malawians during “this difficult moment for our country. “

In comments made by Vice President Chilima through his press officer Pilirani Phiri, he hailed Zuza as an ecumenical giant who contributed so much to the Catholic Church.

“I am very shocked and devastated [with the untimely death of Zuza]. I worked very closely with him as we arranged the Amecea 2014 plenary,” said Chilima.

“A great loss to the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, a difficult period for Mzuzu Diocese and a dark moment for Malawi,” he added.

Bishop Zuza was born in 1955 in Malembo, and in 1982 was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Mzuzu. St. John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Mzuzu in 1995.

As head of the Catholic bishops conference in Malawi, Bishop Zuza  was well known for speaking out for justice and upliftment of the marginalized, slamming the roots of the socio-economic problems of Malawi, which had attracted criticism from political corners.

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89 thoughts on “Mutharika, Chilima lead tributes to Zuza: Malawi Catholic bishop dies in car accident”

  1. Akalipidwe malinga mdi ntchito zomwe anagwila only God knows the best.

  2. Mac Javis Andrew says:

    Dark moment has engulfed us after the death of our Bishop ZUZA. May your Soul Rest in PEACE.

  3. chidempete says:

    Chifukwa chiyani amayendetsa galimoto yekha? Siamachokera konyenga chindere ameneyu.Mwinanso analedzera chifukwa munthu wa udindo ngati uwu sayenera kuthamangitsaa galimoto.

  4. Ku imigration agwira ma official awa achitumbuka okuba asanu. They were making fake passports. Choncho angapange boma agalu amenerwa? Wina ndiuyu otukwana watisiyayi. Paja mukuti anali chindere cha bishopo? Watsala satana mwakasungula akuchedwa!! RIP BINGU.

  5. Paul Dolezar says:

    Kodi wasiya ana angati m’midzimu nana zidzukulu ndi zidzukulu tudzi

  6. Mbanangwa says:

    RIP, the country will miss you

  7. Davie Duwe says:

    May his soul rest in peace

  8. Patriot says:

    Now I understand why every northerner must still keep one Lhomwe I his or her house as a house maid or house boy! Just to make sure they know we are not stupid. Nanga someone has died and you bring very bad sentiments here? RIP Zuza.

  9. tuvitwana says:

    Stupid Lomwez comments very bad, monse mumira ndima FLOODS shupit

  10. Dedza Guy says:

    May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  11. Who ever is celebrating the death of Bishop zuza especially those who are from south related to lomwe god will punish you accordingly

  12. ethel says:

    What a great loss. May his soul rest in peace

  13. mlomwe says:

    I for one never celebrate death. I condemned those tumbukas who celebrated Bingus death. I saw them and I am still interacting with them. They are zindere. I am also condeming those Lomwes who are celebrating Bishop Zuzas death. I also see them on this net. They are Zindere. Lesson: aliyense adzafa. Bingu and Zuza kwao kwatha.

  14. kesterchipala says:

    Tingopempha mulungu kuti awalandire abishop zuza.Anali azeru wosawopa kulankhula za chilungamo ndi mtendere.Moti mulungu waitana tafunire zabwino zose pa ulendo wawo wopita kwa Mulungu wawo kokalandira mphoto pa ntchito imene ayigwira pa dziko la pansi. Ameen

  15. Agulupu says:

    What kind of pple are lomwes? Bishop Zuza never called Bingu chindere, your poor interpretation of his preaching I guess. For Bingu and Zuza, it’s over. Will u be there for ever? Cerebrate, but your ….. too will die. Imbwa!

  16. out says:

    God gives and He gave, today He has taken away, may His name be glorified for ever and ever Amen. AOG

  17. MBACHI says:

    RIP ZUZA. WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU.

  18. Catherine Temani says:

    Following

  19. Masiku says:

    RIP ZUZA the Bishop……

  20. Dr. Godfrey Mvuma says:

    I am very saddened by the news of untimely death of Bishop Zuza. He was indeed, one of the finest clergy sons of Africa. I have grown fond of him because of his honesty, transparency and straightforwardness without fear or favour. He fearlessly fought for justice and the welfare of the common poor people of Malawi. What a loss of an inspirational leader. My deepest condolences to the Zuza family, especially to his Elder Sister A Nyazuza (Mrs. Jere) who happened to have laid my future foundation as my Sub A, B and Standard One Teacher at Mzamu FP School in Mzimba. Please accept my condolences. May his Soul Reign with the Lord in Heaven forever – RIP. Sorrowful Godfrey Mvuma in Pretoria, South Africa.

  21. Mhesia says:

    RIP ZUZA.
    You will now meet another Son of Malawi, Bingu RIP also,…and pamaso pa Ambuye, Chindere chenicheni chikadziwika…RIP both of you.

  22. Novirikana says:

    Kubwezera sikwathu. Mukangotiperekera moni kwa Mapwiya Murupale mukamnena kuti chindere uja iye osakuyankhani. Mapwiyayu atamwalira anthu ena amachita maphwando koma ife sititero popeza kubala nkumodzi. Ena akhala akufunitsitsa kuti mng’ono wake wa mapwiyayu atichokerenso chifukwa cha nsanje chabe koma Mulungu si munthu. Njira zake si njira zathu. Iyayi, kuweruza sikwathu. Moni yekhayo musaiwale. Muuse muntendere.

  23. Rest in peace our bishop.

  24. Mac Javis Andrew says:

    May His Soul Rest in Peace. We shall never forget Him

  25. PIERRE CHISAMBI says:

    RIP BISHOP BUSHOP

  26. BTN says:

    chindere chakufikapo

  27. Joyce Banda says:

    RIP. From USA

  28. happening boy says:

    Zuza was a man, Zuza was a Malawian and Zuza was a complete leader, God knows why He has taken him this way. We thank God for his wonderful stay on earth.

  29. Vincent Mwamlima says:

    2 Timothy 4 v 7-8 ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but to also all who have longed for his appearing.

    R.I.P. Bishop Zuza

  30. SAAAA !!!!!!!!! NGOZIZI ZAKEZI A BALE KHAYA NDI SATANIC KHAYA + ZONSE AZIWA NDI MLUNGU +

    PEPANI OLILA ONSE MU MALAWI

    + R I P +

  31. Stanley says:

    Very sad indeed he used to taught us about the Bible when he was at Nkhamenya Parish those days. RIP Bishop.

    1. out says:

      Was he teaching you in past tense? How can you say he was taught us? Don’t embarrass him. I too used to teach.

  32. phodogoma says:

    He has gone peacefully.RIP.

  33. Fatsani says:

    Bishop Joseph M Zuza, You were a courageous man of God! May Your Soul Rest in Peace.

  34. Billy says:

    Big lose to the Catholics and Malawi as a whole RIP bishop,, we needed you but GOD needed you most.

  35. Bishop is jst aposition nt HOLY GHOST,we d nt knw his relation with God.

  36. Masoapatali says:

    Tell us the real cause of the accident. Was it drink driving? Paja akatolika amamwa ndi ma bishop omwe. This could be revealed by simple alcohol level tests at the time of accident as he was rushed to hospital. Was it over speeding? Surely this can be known. Someone may have seen the vehicle drive by at some distance. This is vital information. We should not take a blind eye to this because he was a bishop. MHSRIP

  37. george ophman says:

    He was agreat man with great minds iwil remember him when he openly tells the late mutharika that he was chindele chakufikapo RIP

  38. Zayambika says:

    RIP our Bishop

  39. Dick says:

    SPEED THRILLS BUT IT KILSS

  40. Michal says:

    We will miss him as great leader we ever had in Diocese of Mzuzu,chairman of ECM,an influential man of God,citzen of Malawi Nation,great warrior to shieldng the indgenous malawians nt only catholic membrs,spoken out even though the is hot,peaceful,teachng,playful wth jokes as he organised the catholic youths i remembr at one of the youth day.May his soul rest in peace!

  41. ezekiwe utwag says:

    Late Bishop Joseph M. Zuza was a true man of God. He always spoke for justice. He could point a finger at all caribre of leaders when they go astray. Most of us are just used as shield. When social economic is bad we praise leaders for being bribed. May his Soul R.I.P

  42. amp says:

    inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon

  43. I apostle chris mchanda Banda, have actually learned with great sympathy, for the untimely death of Bishop Zuza Mukasa of Roman Catholic, who actually passed away on 15/ 01/ 15. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen

  44. Susan says:

    REST IN PEACE OUR BELOVED BISHOP

  45. JAMES kamanga says:

    Am so sorry for the death of Joseph zuza may his soul rest in peace

  46. Nyapamphi says:

    Wamusata Bingu kumanda kumunena kuti Chidere

  47. Munthuwazeru says:

    That is very big loss to Malawi

  48. Wodala says:

    Gone too soon.
    RIP Bishop.

  49. Judge Not says:

    I cannot celebrate someone’s death but surely will not miss him!! he insulted our beloved president late Bingu Wa Mutharika. Now you will walk with him shoulder to shoulder!!

  50. Clement says:

    Bwanji ma prophet akuMalawi sanaloselepo zaimfa yazuza?
    wodala amene akufa mwa AMBUYE,chifukwa ngakhale amwalila komabe azakhala nawonso moyo wosatha.this world is not hour home
    we just pass bye

  51. Tapiwa says:

    Shame. May his soul RIP.

  52. makito says:

    May his soul rest in peace.

  53. AULTER MUNTHALI says:

    RIP our BISHOP ZUZA all GOD what is this. let us accept. MULUNGU dalitsani dziko lanthu mu nthawi yowawisayi IMFA, NGOZI.

  54. lindamadziapite says:

    My his soul rest in peace

  55. ADE says:

    DEATH IS CHINDELE CHAKUFIKAPO – DEATH IS CHITSILU CHOTHELATHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. hfty says:

    Sob sob abishop athu. Ndaona kuti Peter tsopano walowa amayi style of leadership after kutha maplan

  57. out says:

    He was also Chancellor of the Catholic University. He presided over the last graduation in April. MHSRIEP

  58. Catholic sadzatha says:

    RIP , ambuye zuza , mawu ndilibe adziwa ndi Yahwe za moyo wanthu.

  59. IDODO IDODO says:

    What a great loss. May his Soul rest in Eternal Peace.

  60. abwenzi says:

    What a great loss to all people of well meaning and goodwill. The Lord gave and has taken, may his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen.

  61. sapitwa says:

    What is happening in chikangawa?Daily people are dying

  62. NazimbiMuzimu wawo wuwuse mmutendere we will miss him. says:

    Muzimu wawo wuwuse mmutendere he will be missed by all

  63. Masiku omaliza says:

    Kodi his grace wasiya ana angati? Paja anthuwa amasiyanso anatu, mukaziona polira. Sanaledzere ameneyo paja mowa akatolika ndiwo chikhulupiriro chanu. Mukalowa gehenatu. Musiye mowa kuti mudziwe choonadi.

  64. Chejumo says:

    VERY BAD, MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

  65. cashy G says:

    Very sad, RIP

  66. mj says:

    suza, chindere chakufikapo dies in mzuzu. its wat u said at comesa referring to our late leader, today its u, mind ur words ppo

  67. fkr says:

    It was gods will that he lost control of his car rolled and died, probably horrific death. Is it not strange the way the gods work?

  68. REST IN PEACE BISHOP ZUZA

  69. A COMMONER says:

    Another great warrior is gone and may his soul rest in peace.

  70. Mccarthy says:

    Mulungu wakwiya

  71. George Lihoma says:

    Aaaah no words that fit this loss.May His Soul Rest In Peace.

  72. Chikoko says:

    pepani kwambiri ku mpingo roman catholic potaya bishop ZUZA Rest in peace Zuza

  73. Paul Mulinde Sec FMD-LL Chapter says:

    We will remember late Bishop Mukasa Zuza for his straight talk and well inspired homely, to us we were taking him as a successor of late ArchBishop James Chiona, Mzimu wake uwuse mumtende wamuiraira.

  74. Crocodile tears from Pitala. Last year we lost sisters from Nsipe in a car accident. Another sad development. Rest in peace Bishop Zuza.

  75. Swiswiri Mbewa says:

    May his soul rest in peace. Amen

  76. Gregory says:

    Mzimu wa ambuye Zuza uwuse mtendere.

  77. Sam Dzonzi says:

    A great son of Malawi,MHSRP.

  78. Montfort says:

    RIP

  79. Makosanawa2, akuyesetsa kumbali yamaliro. Atachita chimodzimodzi ndi malipiro aphunzitsi a IPTE7& ODL2, bwenzi zitachita bwino koposa.

  80. May his soul rest in peace,its hard to lose a father an uncle a cousin or any relative in such a way. May God condole,give courage and strength to the bereaving family and the catholic family and the nation as a whole.

  81. Mwiza says:

    May his soul rest in peace!

  82. Angozo says:

    May his soul Rest In Peace.

  83. Namalila says:

    MHSRIP

  84. zebra says:

    Oooooh my God. May His Soul RIP

  85. RESEARCHER says:

    VERY BAD, R.I.P BISHOP.

  86. Kamdondo says:

    Very shocking development. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the Catholic Church.

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