Mourn with Thanks Giving-Bishop Stima
Malawians need to mourn the death of late President Bingu wa Mutharika while giving thanks to the 78 years the former President lived on earth, Auxiliary Bishop of the Blantyre Archdiocese of the Catholic Church Montfort Stima said on Thursday.
Leading the Catholics and the nation in Holy Mass for the Late President at Sanjika Place upon the arrival of Late Bingu wa Mutharika’s remains in the Southern Region, Bishop Stima said while the President’s death is a sad thing to Malawians people should thank God the his life and the works he did.
Stima said the death of the President should bring Malawians together and asked the authorities to continue with the good works the Late President initiated for Malawians.
Quoting the scriptures from John Chapter 11 where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Bishop Stima said Bigu’s death should give Malawians hope that he will rise again at the end of the world.
“Let’s have faith like Martha’s when she told Jesus that I know my brother will rise again at the end of the world and this is the same message God is bringing us today,” Stima said.
Bishop Stima led the Mass together with Archbishop of Blantyre Arch Diocese Taricius Ziyaye and Bishop Msusa of Zomba diocese and retired Bishops Felix Mkhori and Chamgwera and a number of Priests.
People had to endure the cold weather at the Top of Sanjika hill from morning of Thursday while waiting for viewers in Mzuzu to finish viewing the Late President’s body.
The remains were then flown to Blantyre and arrived at Chileka airport in the afternoon and then driven to Sanjika Palace where they arrived around 1700 hrs with the Holy Mass starting at 1730.
Some of the notable people that were present at SanjikaPalace were Former First lady Calista Mutharika, Professor Peter Mutharika, Cabinet Ministers George Chaponda, Chimunthu Banda and DPP gurus including former Information Minister Patricia Kaliati and DPP Southern Region governor Masangwi.
Meanwhile, President Joyce Banda is expected to lead Southern Region people in viewing the remains of late Bingu wa Mutharika at Sanjika where the body is lying in state.
The remains will be taken to the Late President’s home at Ndata farm in Thyolo on Saturday where they will be laid to rest on Monday the 23rd of April and government has since declared this day a Public Holiday.