- “Tadinga, malundi ghateuka” -Chilima
Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima stunned mourners and Catholic Church faithful when he made his eulogy to the late Catholic Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese Joseph Mukasa Zuza in a fluent local language Tumbuka at St Peter’s Cathedral in the city.
Chilima, a devout Catholic and a Ngoni from central region, spoke fluently Tumbuka a language in the north when he gave he paid tribute to the departed bishop.
The Vice President said that the Catholic fraternity had lost a humble, courageous and good adviser in Bishop Zuza
“Tadinga, malundi ghateuka. We have lost a person who was loving and he has left us destitute, as we will have nowhere to go to seek spiritual assistance,” said Chilima .
The Vice-President said Late Bishop Zuza was a man who was leading the nation in prayer life and in the way of Life.
Chilima said President Peter Mutharika – who was also present at the funeral – was saddened with the death of Bishop Zuza.
He said the country and the Church at large have lost an important leader who was courageous and did not only help the church, but also contributed a lot towards economic development of the country.
Bishop Zuza died on Thursday, January 15 in a car accident when his car overturned at Nthungwa area between Chikangawa and Mzuzu on his way to Mzuzu from his home Mhlafuta.
In his eulogy, Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia Rev. Julio Morrat said it is really sad that the church has lost a man of his calibre.
A family representative said the family has lost a pillar. He said Bishop Zuza did not forget his family as he was paying them a visit and supporting them from time to time.
President Mutharika contributed K2 million towards the funeral ceremony expenses.
Late Bishop Zuza was born on 22nd October 1955 and was ordained priest of Mzuzu Diocese on July 25, 1982. He was consecrated Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese on May 6th 1995 at Mzuzu Stadium.
In additional to serving as Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese and Chancellor of Catholic University of Malawi, Zuza had been President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malawi since 2011 and Chairperson of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi.
Karonga Diocese which Bishop Mtumbuka heads was born from Mzuzu Diocese under Bishop Zuza’s tenure. The late bishop succeeded Monsignor John Roche as head of Mzuzu Diocese.
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