Immaculately dressed Mswati Willard Gomani V tied the knot with his South African sweetheart, Rishaladza Khanyisa at Ntcheu CCAP Church on Saturday morning, in a colourful wedding ceremony witnessed by thousands of Malawians, top clergy , politicians and Government officials.
They were joined together after they committed to “love and care for each other in sickness from this day forward, for better, for worse for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health till death do us part.”
At exactly 10:30 am, moderator of the CCAP Blantyre Synod, Reverend Masauko Mbolembole, who led the service of worship for the wedding ceremony, declared them as husband and wife, joined before God and the congregation.
Reverend Mbolembole encouraged the new couple with the word of God from Genesis chapter 2 from verses 18 to 25 and I Corinthians chapter 3 from 3 through to 13.
He advised them to be independent and delink themselves from their back “different backgrounds” to ably appreciate each.
“Marriage is about suitable partners, who are supposed to contribute positively to each other’s life. Marriage is about bringing fulfillment in the life of each other. You must fill the gaps in one’s life,” he said.
The CCAP Blantyre Synod Moderator also observed that marriage is also a challenging concept and requires those in marriage to be very understanding and not allow external forces to influence their decision.
“You should build up on new commitment so that you can understand the uniqueness of marriage. You have left your own people to become one flesh. Don’t come empty, but be of value to each other. You will always have to know and understand what God want from you and what you will have to be doing.
Earlier on General Secretary of the Synod Billy Gama told the gathering that the wedding was officiated by them following a request from their sister synod, Nkhoma to have the wedding officiated by Blantyre Synod, and “we cordially accepted to do this noble task.”
The officiation ceremony was graced by Senior and Traditional Chiefs, government officials, heads of diplomatic missions, and representatives of Inkosi Mpezeni of Zambia, King Mswati of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Inkosikazi’s friends from South Africa.
Thereafter, the royal family proceed to a wedding reception at Mkolimbo village in the district, where people of all walks of life graced the event.
Political leaders such as MCP president Lazarus Chakwera, UTM leader Saulos Chilima and Country vice president Everton Chimulirenji were all in attendance