The moun­tain has fallen

The Manica Post - - Health/ Religion - Mor­ris Mtisi Post Cor­re­spon­dent

OBIT­U­ARY writ­ten in hon­our of the late Le­blan Mwatunga who died on Novem­ber 26 2018, in Mutare. He was a well known and re­spected SDA church el­der and ad­viser at Kingsway multi cul­ture church. The SDA fra­ter­nity has lost a friend, leader and source of wise coun­sel. He was 78.

You knew if you went first, I’d be the first to write ‘bout you,

The first to write about an old man An old won­der­ful man no more but not dead,

An old man, great fa­ther, re­mark­able grand­fa­therAn old cel­e­brated man; one but many,

One man in many men in many ways;

A teacher, coun­sel­lor, a ‘doc­tor’, church el­der,

To me a friend and con­fi­dan­teAn old man trusted and trust­ing. Mwatunga is no more. Pain and loss stab hard­est, When I re­mem­ber the first time;

The first time we met at Kingsway,

And I keen to join SDA the first timeElder Mwatunga, you were there; Soft-spo­ken, ex­ud­ing love and wis­dom. Sud­denly you be­came friend, Friend in flesh, in thought, in spirit.

To­day you are in­terred in cold earth There in your nar­row cell wait­ing Wait­ing for Je­sus- with you soon

To have a small con­ver­sa­tion, A small tit-a-tat to de­cide fi­nal des­ti­na­tionA small be­gin­ning to de­cide the endSo your Maker de­cides your fi­nal fateThe hour is now-whither from and whither to. Peace is dead Mwatunga, you had it all,

Love is dead old man ‘twas all yours, Wis­dom is dead, Rea­son is dead,

Sense is dead, Mor­tal­ity is dead Ev­ery­thing is dead-ex­cept you.

Yes, the Moun­tain has fallen we cry

We cry Mwatunga is no more to­day,

No more to­mor­row, no more when­ever No more-he’s dead but alive in death,

In death alive wait­ing for Je­sus soon com­ing. Will miss those jokes for­ever musharuka Will miss that fa­therly warmth for­ever,

The acute neat­ness, the old man’s swag, For­ever we’ll miss; and you Mayume, that mous­tache! The Black Bri­tish man, go home!

Go home, your bit is done, Go home, River Jor­dan you’ve crossed.

Go home Mwatunga, this world is not our home! Go home Mwatunga, this world is sick, hol­low! Mwatunga go home, this world is weari­some-tire­some, Go home; when the work’s done we’ll all fol­low. Go home Le­blan Mwatunga the moun­tain has fallen! —

The late Mwatunga

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