The Pirimiti Catholic Parish in eastern district of Zomba has hailed former President Bingu wa Mutharika for his farsightedness and stand on the truth within and outside himself.
The church made the remarks over the weekend when it conducted a special mass in memory of the country’s departed leader.
The special mass started with songs of praise to God followed by special prayers for the late president’s family, children and widow, Callista Mutharika, who was also in attendance.
Parish Priest Father Henry Chiwaya said the church thought of conducting the special mass to remember late Mutharika, who he described as an icon of the truth.
“The late Mutharika was a man of vision and great courage among people of Malawi. Therefore, as a church we wanted to remember him, pray for him and pray for his life to be safe in the hands of God,” said Father Chiwaya.
In her remarks, the former First Lady Madam Mutharika expressed gratitude to the church for remembering her husband and the family.
She said Mutharika – who was a Catholic – was a man who inspired as well as encouraged his family members in spiritual matters.
The former first lady who has kept a low profile of late also observed that her husband would be remembered by Malawians and the world at large for his stand on the truth and his assertion that Malawi was not a poor country but her people.
Late Mutharika died in April last year following a cardiac arrest attack and ruled Malawi since 2004.
His younger brother, Prof Peter Mutharika seeks the presidential office in the 2014 May elections.