Catholic Parish in Hewe named after courageous Bishop Zuza of ‘Chindere chakufikapo’ rap

The Mzuzu Diocese of the  Catholic Church  has a launched a construction project pof a new Parish at Hewe oin Rumphi  which has been named St Joseph Mukasa, partly in honour of the diocese’s deceased Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza.

The ground-breaking ceremony for a new Catholic Parish was attended by among others leader of opposition and   Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and new MCP political guru Sidik Mia

Zuza, who was also head of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM)—the supreme body of the Catholic Church in Malawi,  died after being involved in a road accident in Chikangawa, Mzimba on January 15 201s.

Straight-talking and courageous Zuza is remembered for his courage when, for example, on August 16 2011, in his homily at a national service of worship in Blantyre, openly criticized former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

The bishop faulted Mutharika’s dictatorial traits and said a person who thought he knew everything is called a fool or chindere chakufikapo in Tumbuka.

Chancellor College political analyst Dr Boniface Dulani said Zuza was no bootlicker, but a personification of the church’s role as the architect as well as the guardian of democracy.

Dulani said: “It might have taken the late bishop a lot of courage to say the things he said in the presence of the president. Most of us tend to harbour critical opinion about others, but we are seldom brave enough to say it in their face.

“The sermon at Comesa stopped Bingu from going too far with his authoritarian tendencies. Then, the president, who had the majority of MPs, was losing popularity outside the National Assembly.”

In his lifetime, Zuza also co-authored several Catholic bishops’ pastoral letters, including ‘Reading the Signs of The Times’ in November 2010 that was critical of political and economic policies in the country.

The ground-breaking ceremony for a new Catholic Parish was attended by among others leader of opposition and   Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and new MCP political guru Sidik Mia.

In his remarks, Chakwera thanked the Catholic Church for helping to develop the country. He said the parish will come along with education and health projects that will help to develop the area.

Chakwera then donated K1.1 million while Mia donated K500 000.

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango, who said government will continue supporting the Catholic Church in all its endeavours, donated K200 000 and pledged K2 million and announced that President Peter Mutharika will donate K5 million towards the cause.

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Mr Dulani says since the bishop critcised Bingu at Comesa the popularity of the party and its leadership went down dramatically. How did you measure it? I thought you would measure his popularity by looking at what people said in the 2014 elections? Akulu inu mukukhalanso ngati simunapite ku school. M’mayesa ndinu mumapanga za Afrobarometer nkumatiuza kuti DPP is ahead of other parties and might win the elections? MCP inakulowani m’magazi akulu inu.


Nkhani ya madzi yomweyi mwapweka nayo? Shooting yourself on the foot. I saw Chakwera in Parliament making chibwibwi on the issue. Anawa muziwalanga.


But ife a dpp we have been outshined. A major catholic event being graced by opposition. A Dausi mutipo chani apa? Boma talandilidwatu apa.


Mpaka ngongole zomwezi? this Government is indeed Broke


Nanunso a chakwera mabvuto anu ndi angati? Mukukathandiza mpingo ooti ndi olemera ndikale. Ndani amene asakudziwa kuti mpingo wakatolika ndiolemera? Umakhala ukuchita criticize boma munjira zambiri. Kodi iwe ukanakhala oti ndalama wapatsa a katolikayo, wakapereka kuchipatala olo kudera lakwanu kuti achite kachitukuko kena, sukanalemekezeka? Kodi iwe chiyambireni chomwe wapanga kudera lakwanu cholodzeka ndi chiyani? Akatolika omwewo ndi amene anapangitsa kuti MCP ichoke m’boma, ukuganiza kuwapatsa ndalama pano ndiye akuthandizira kuti MCP ibwelere m’boma? Walemba mmadzi aise.

Jombole Nyirenda

Indeed it has to be St Joseph Mukasa of Uganda because Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza is not yet a Saint!!

Defender of Faith

Mukukanganilira mpingo chifukwa cha mavoti, ng’o!


St Joseph Mukasa of Uganda (one of the Martyrs of Uganda)! Zuza got his name after the Ugandan martyr


K5million kwacha and K2million zaziiii osapereka bwanji summadziwa za izi.


Koma inu mukuona ngati oChakwera wo ndo oMia wo kumpotoko angapezeke kanthu ndi mmene akutimbila atumbukamu?


Santana , you comments on issues blindly since u are acadent boy, can you compare , how pipo voted for DPP in 2009 and 2014 that difference is what Mr Dulani mean, so pliz don’t just comment for the sake of publicity

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