With great sorrow and thankfulness I learnt that Pastor Samuel Habimana departed to be with the Lord last Friday evening. Canon Habimana has been my co-worker and the initiator of many projects at Katoke where he served as tutor at the Katoke Teachers College and as pastor of the church with faithfulness and distinction since 1971. He was my friend and advisor as we developed the anti-poverty program of the Katoke Trust with its three themes; education, health and agriculture. He was the Chair of the committee that built the Dispensary at Katoke with its six bed ward and clinical program. The very effective malaria and AIDS prevention programs were conducted under his oversight. He taught English to pastors and in the eight year school improvement program for the 21 primary schools surrounding Katoke and he was the co-founder of the Katoke-Lweru Secondary School, being the Chair of the Tanzanian committee that brought that school into being. He has run an English College, taught and pastored students and staff at KLSS and has been the close advisor to the Headmaster in establishing the program of the school.
When he visited Sydney in 2011, he made a great impact as he spoke to bible study groups, schools, churches and was keynote speaker at the Katoke Trust Annual Dinner. Australians saw first hand the strength of of his Christian character and many more began to support the Trust by donations and student sponsorships following his visit.
We thank God for his life and his wonderful example as a leader at Katoke and throughout East Africa. We send our love to Mama Haleluya and his family and we pray that they will know God’s peace and comfort in their bereavement.
It has been a privilege and an honour to have known and worked with Pastor Habimana. He leaves us with great inspiration to carry forward the life-giving message of the gospel and the vision of the Katoke Trust.
Professor Alan Watson
Sunday, 06 January 2013 00:00