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Malawians mourn evangelist Shadreck Wame

There has been an outpouring of shock from Malawians at the death of popular Evangelist Shadreck Wame.

Wame is reported to have been murdered by his servant in the early hours of Friday at his home in Takumana Location, Traditional Authority Kalonga in Salima.

Wame was one of the Christian revival preachers known for strong, passionate and straight-to-the-point messages which endeared him to many.

According to Salima Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Gift Chitowe, the servant, whose details were not available by the time we went to press, is still at large after bolting from members of the general public who had apprehended him.

Chitowe said Wame was found dead in his house with several stabs on his body.

“In the early hours of today (Friday), the servant was arrested by members of the general public. He had a wheelbarrow with maize and said evangelist Wame had sent him to deliver the maize to a certain pastor.

“However, this did not convince these members of the general public who demanded that the servant should take them to the evangelist’s house so that they could confirm his claims. He escaped on their way back,” said Chitowe.

The police PRO added that the group still proceeded to Wame’s house where they broke the door after knocking several times without getting any response from inside.

Chitowe said the evangelist’s body had been taken to Salima District Hospital Mortuary and police expected to get statements and other details from the deceased’s children.

And among the many Malawians who have expressed sadness at Wame’s death is Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Malawi (ELCM), Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe.

Bvumbwe described the late Wame as one of Malawi’s most dedicated preachers.

“The news about his death is very shocking. It is devastating because the church has lost a true soldier of Christ. He was a true evangelist who was renowned even among the ecumenical church. I hear he was stabbed. We are heavily saddened and shocked,” said Bishop Bvumbwe.

Executive Director of Transworld Radio (TWR-Malawi), Victor Kaonga, said he was shocked to hear that Wame was no more, having worked with him for several years.

“I am in Nairobi now, but I got the news this morning (Friday morning) and I am still in shock. This is a big loss to the ministry of Transworld Radio in Malawi. He has been preaching 10 times a week on the radio and many people loved his sermons,” said Kaonga.

Wame was born in October 1940 in Mwanzalamba Village, T/A Kambalame in Salima and was a member of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) until his death.

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