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Malawi bishop, two young Zimbabwe priests die in car accidents

Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza, President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, represented Malawi at the Synod on the Family in Rome in October 2014

by Allen Ottaro

The Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu in northern Malawi, on Thursday 15th January, lost their bishop through a tragic road crash. His Lordship, Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza, who was also the President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, was driving to his base in Mzuzu, after a visit to his home village. According to the Communications office of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, a rear tire burst and caused the bishop's car to spin out of control; Bishop Zuza was in the process thrown out of the car. The accident happened at Nthungwa, in the Chikangawa forest reserve.

Further reports by Vatican Radio indicate that Fr. Filiyanus Ekka, a member of the Missionaries of Africa, who was travelling by bus to Mzuzu from the capital Lilongwe, spotted the bishop’s car by the side of the Chikangawa-Nthungwa road in Mzimba district. According to Fr. Ekka, Bishop Zuza was conscious all the way to the hospital; he died at the St. John’s hospital in Mzuzu.

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