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    Bishop Munyongani, first priest to be ordained at Mutero

    •   Fighting for the rights of the weak


    MASVINGO – Catholics and non-Catholics alike spoke passionately about the way the late Bishop Xavier Munyongani stood up in defence of the weak.
    He was jealous about people's rights whether religious, social or political.
    Sekuru Munyongani left tongues wagging at the funeral of Henry Pote where he conducted the mass a few years ago. He questioned why Pote was not made a national hero when he was the one holding the candle at Enos Nkala's house and taking notes when Zanu PF was formed in 1963.  He said there were lesser heroes who made it to national hero status.
    In the church he always sang a song which goes 'Vaigara muraini nevamwe zvakanaka.' He urged congregants to respect their neighbours, to live well with their neighbours and to love their neighbours.
    Bishop Munyongani came from a small south eastern corner of Gutu that has undoubtedly produced more priests than any other in Zimbabwe. This area is around Chief Nyamandi and Chitsa's area and its mission is Mutero.
    The first person to be ordained priest from the area was Father Ignatious Zvarevashe, a revered author of Shona books. The second person was Munyongani and he was also the first to be ordained at Mutero Mission. Among the servers during his ordination at Mutero was prominent Harare lawyer Ostern Mutero who was only doing Grade 2 then.
    The second person to be ordained at Mutero was Peter Marimi. who was appointed Vicar General  for Gweru Diocese under the late Bishop Francis Mugadzi,  There are many others from the famous Mutero area who became priests and they include, McDonald Masvosva who at one time became Vicar General for Masvingo Diocese, Father Gotami, Father Magwidi, Emmanuel Zengeya, Fr Mavedzenge, Fr Mudyiwa, Fr Chaputsira and Father Webster.
    Simon Jeffa Mutero, one of the founders of Mutero Mission said Munyongani was one of the most powerful preachers he ever came across. He said there were particularly good sermons like the one he delivered at the ordination of Father Zvarevashe in Mbare in 1979.
    "Munyongani was a relative but was also very close to my brother's son Andrew Masvosva who was his classmate at the seminary," said Mutero.
    Bishop Munyongani's teacher from Sub A to Standard 3, Philemon Tagutanazvo said Bishop Munyongani was a very obedient boy at school and soft-spoken. He said he was influenced to become a priest by his parents who were devout Catholics.
    Bishop Munyongani recently conducted a five hour sermon for his former teacher that kept people captivated, said Tagutanazvo. local news
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