Thousands of Malawians from all corners of the country, and others from outside, on Monday paid their last respects to popular evangelist, Shadreck Wame, whose body was laid to rest at Mwazamba Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kambalame in Salima.
Wame was reportedly brutally murdered by his houseboy in the early hours of Friday but details of the suspect are still unknown.
From the eulogies that different individuals delivered at Wame’s funeral, it was so stark that even among the elect, the brutal and sudden death of an admired evangelist may seem impossible.
But fate, by its nature, is seldom given to conventional predictions and death, the callous monster, is sometimes the necessary end, whichever way it comes, most pastors said.
Still, to Wame’s followers, at 76, the evangelist still had work to do because age failed to conquer his resolve to reach out to many, and for such a preacher who for years remained so true to his calling, a few more years to a peaceful end would be necessary.
But several stabs on his aged body seemed to buttress Christians’ belief that God’s generals must be prepared for anything brutal.
For a man who was not a popular politician or a successful businessperson, the presence of dozens of politicians from both the government and opposition sides and several other high-profile public and private sector members at his funeral, was a testament of a life well-lived.
Even moderator of Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Reverend Chatha Msangaambe, whose synod the late Wame belonged to, described the late preacher as one who was in a class of his own.
“He was not an educated man but he remained true to the Gospel of Christ. He even reached out to educated people with degrees because his calling demanded so,” Msangaambe said.
And during the funeral ceremony, there was a marked sense of unity among religious leaders belonging to different denominations who undertook different roles.
Minister of Justice, Samuel Tembenu, who represented President Peter Mutharika at the funeral, said the country has lost a man who was so dedicated to bringing people back to the right ways of life.
“As a country, we always need people who are morally upright and through his ministry, Evangelist Wame helped a lot in the fulfillment of this goal. We have lost a man who has contributed a lot to this country,” Tembenu said.
Born in 1940 in Mwanzalamba Village, T/A Kambalame, Wame is survived by four children and 24 grandchildren.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament (MP) for Salima South, Uladi Mussa, has called on the police to expedite the search for the killer, saying the district has created for itself a very bad reputation as not long ago, a senior police officer was also killed by thugs.
Some prominent individuals who attended Wame’s burial ceremony included Leader of Opposition, Lazarus Chakwera, government spokesperson, Malison Ndau, former vice-president, Khumbo Kachali and Mama Cecilia Tamanda Kadzamira.
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