The Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) says all preparations for the National prayers for peace declaration signing ceremony has been finalised and is inviting all its Member Churches to participate in the National Prayers scheduled for 10th May 2014, at the Civo Stadium in the capital Lilongwe.
The MCC says in a statement that the prayers, under the theme: “Enhancing Peace and Unity during elections through God’s intervention (Kulimbikitsa Mtendere ndi Umodzi pakati pa a Malawi pa nthawi ya Chisankho cha Patatu motsogozedwa ndi Ambuye): are being organised by the interfaith Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and will start from 08:30am.
“It is pleasing and an honour for MCC as one of the mother bodies in PAC to call upon all our Member Churches to fully participate in this auspicious national event. We know that elections can be sensitive and that the electoral process may be compromised if as Christians we do not put God first.
“The Tripartite Elections on 20th May 2014 are very important and it is well placed to conduct the national prayers for God’s interventions so that they turn out free, fair and credible. All of good-will are welcome,” said Rev. Dr. Osborne Joda-Mbewe, General Secretary for MCC.
According to the statement, all presidential candidates and Secretary Generals from contesting political parties will be in attendance. Officiating will be directed by PAC’s publicity secretary, Rev. Fr. Peter Mulomole.
“Officiating clergy will include Right Rev. Dr. Timothy Nyasulu, His Grace Tarcizius Ziyaye, Bishop of the Arch-Diocese of Lilongwe, Rev. Alex Maulana chairperson of the MCC, Rev. Francis Mkandawire secretary general of Evangelical Association of Malawi, Sheikh Twaha Saidi of Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi and Sheikh Muhammad Silika of Muslim Association of Malawi”,
It says the prayers will among other issues touch on free, fair, and credible elections, cooperation and unity amongst political parties, a just Malawian society, peace and prosperity, cooperation and unity amongst religious groups, prayer for presidential candidates, and will be followed by signing of a Peace Declaration witnessed by His Grace Arch Bishop Ziyaye, The Very Rev. Felix Chingota, and Rev. Prof. Silas Ncozana, and other bishops.
“Malawi is going to conduct its first Tripartite Elections on 20th May 2014. With this electoral process, where Presidential, Parliamentary and Councillor positions will be contested for, Malawians are expected to conduct themselves in a peaceful and tolerant manner. All political parties are expected to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and to engage in mature politics characterised by an issue based campaign process,” says Rev. Dr. Joda-Mbewe.