Malawi VP Chilima eulogises Bishop Zuza in fluent Tumbuka

  • “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.

President Peter  Mutharika confering with Vice President  Chilima during funeral Mass of Bishop Zuza at St Peters Cathedral in Mzuzu-  Pix By Joel Chirwa Mana

President Peter Mutharika confering with Vice President Chilima during funeral Mass of Bishop Zuza at St Peters Cathedral in Mzuzu- Pix By Joel Chirwa Mana

Vice President Saulos Chilima paying his last respects to  Bishop Zuza after laying a wreath-Pix By Joel Chirwwa

Vice President Saulos Chilima paying his last respects to Bishop Zuza after laying a wreath-Pix By Joel Chirwa

Part of the crowd that braved the rains to attend funeral  ceremony of Bishop Zuza in Mzuzu-Pix By Joel Chirwa Mana

Part of the crowd that braved the rains to attend funeral ceremony of Bishop Zuza in Mzuzu-Pix By Joel Chirwa Mana

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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Robbins Chinombo
Guest

May his soul Rest In Peace

musisipala
Guest

But was it proper for his grace the late Bishop to vomit such words ( chindere chakufikapo)?, a man of God talking to the gathering proudly with his whole being cursing. God cannot give him a credit

chatty man
Guest

Whats so special with the language? I do speak all languages palibe nkhani apa.

Mzomera wa mzomera
Guest

He said it at comesa hall that we want to be called chisiru or chindere zuza for all people ause mwa bata.

Masoanyenga
Guest

Our lordship Bishop Joseph Mkasa Zuza had not finished the fight between the chewas and other tribes against fellow tumbukas. May his soul rest in eternal peace

Zladko
Guest

Who cares about the language, important is the fact it was a speech at a funeral for a great Malawian! May his soul rest in peace!
But three aeroplanes at once on the Mzuzu airfield is as far I remember a seldom event?
I wonder how this extraordinary cost is paid for? Compare to this, the 2 million contribution by the president must be pocket money.

Chisuse
Guest

Osamachulutsa chipongwe pa maliro kumakhala ndiukemu bwanji Kodi amalawi!!!

KUKHALA
Guest

RIP JM Zuza. Next noted per comment No 9 you have just hammered the nail on the head was wondering why the VP was just so eloquent ……… with that deep TUMBUAKA. He was reading the tumbuka speech and fluent as well. No wonder Northeners have managed to lead even in foreign countries and become presidents like in Zambia-Kaunda, Banda and may be the next shall be from same Malawi Region. Good reputation for Northerners plus Malawi as a country.

hypocrites of Nyika
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Lero zakoma poti mngoni walankhula chitumbuka? Yet not so long time ago inu akumpoto plus northern NGOs you were in a fierce battle to erase Chichewa from being a national language just because you did not want to speak nor learn it. If it were not for the resistance and support of southerners, bwezi chichewa chitatha mumasukulumu by now. And untill now you have written on your churches in Mzuzu kuti “kuno Chichewa ayi”. And You have livingstonia churches in Lilongwe where you pray in tumbuka only and what’s that? Anthu odzikonda inu zedi! I hope chilima has humiliated you… Read more »
ife
Guest

@57 this has got nothing to do with politics pliz we respect our culture and we will… pliz rethink before commenting

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