DPP politicise Rumphi boat tragedy, block Livingstonia Synod  on ‘Church National Disaster’ funeral service

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politicised the Easter Sunday Rumphi boat tragedy and blocked members of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia from mourning with the families of the victims in Mlowe, mostly members of the church.

Rev Nyondo: It’s Church National Disaster

Mourning the Rumphi boat tragedy

The synod had declared the accident a ‘Church National Disaster’, with general secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo saying the synod has been affected spiritually, physically and statistically as they say death toll is at 15 and not five as presented by government officials.

And when Rev Nyondo led synod clerics who included his deputy Reverend Joseph Mwale, Moderator Reverend Douglas Chipofya and CCAP General Assembly Moderator Timothy Nyasulu to conduct prayers at the funeral of one of the victims of the boat tragedy, they were blocked by DPP in Mlowe.

DPP regional governor Kenneth Sanga blocked the synod from conducting prayer on the pretext that Minister of Finance Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe was coming to the bereaved families “to deliver condolence message.”

Sanga also ordered Traditional Authority Mwamulowe to block the synod from coming to the house of the deceased.

“We have been instructed by DPP officials no activities should be done here at the house so go back,” Mwamulowe said.

But the synod said it could not follow the politician program when conducting a funeral service.

Synod proceeded with the funeral program but DPP members boycotted.

Nyondo said the church will organise a memorial service for all the boat victims.

Police and government confirmed that 79 people had boarded the 40-passenger capacity boat on their way back home from Easter Sunday prayers.

The group was returning from Mlowe where they attended the Easter church service heading to their home at Tchalo and other areas along Lake Malawi in Rumphi District, a distance of about 45 kilometres.

It is reported that upon arrival at Zunga, the overloaded boat was hit by a storm that made the operator fail to control it; hence it capsized.

People’s Party vice-president Kamlepo Kalua, who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Rumphi East where the accident happened, said he also got reports of 15 deaths.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) director of response and recovery Paul Kalilombe maintained that the number of dead is five.

Kalilombe assured that  the Malawi Defence Force officers from Chilumba Barracks are on site of the accident “to continue searching for those missing, in collaboration with the Malawi Police Service until they complete the rescue exercise.”

On funeral costs, Klailombe said:“Government undertakes to provide assistance towards the cost of the funeral arrangements of the victims of the accident and hospital bills of those who are receiving medical attention in hospital following this misfortune.”

The boat belongs to 69-year-old Harrison  Ngwira of  Kabenu village, Traditional Authority  Mbwana in Nkhatabay .

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15 thoughts on “DPP politicise Rumphi boat tragedy, block Livingstonia Synod  on ‘Church National Disaster’ funeral service”

  1. Katong'ongo says:

    Sanga, Gudoro na waliyose wa DPP soni zamukolani. Panyifwa zawanyinu nipo muzakawoneskerenge chinkharu chinu chaukazuzi. Fyaa!! Ziuluke!! Mwabira pachande misana ikuwoneka. Nkhumitundulani sono kuti ndimwe mulikukoma wanthu awa pakuwachitira masalamusi kuti musangilepo mwawi wakupoma panyifwa. Kasi para munthu wafwa nipo tikumugulira skapato kuti wavware? Ise MP withu ni Kamlepo Kalua mbwenu!!! Even if it means DPP campaigning for 20 years everyday while Kamlepo sleeps for the same period without campaigning, we will still vote for Kamlepo. To hell with Ken Musonda!! Who comes as a clandestine DDP mercinary. For your info, REC (Rumphi East Constituency) has produced prominent people in the name of Kanyama Chiume, Dr. Dennis Simphawaka Nkhwazi, Kamlepo Kalua, Kenneth Thindwa (KENTAM), Dindi Gowa Nyasulu, Wambali Mkandawire, Machipisa Munthali and many more. Namwe pamoza na wana winu mufwepo tizakapome panyifwa zinu??? Nimazgu uli ghakufuma panyengo yanyifwa pera???
    This is what you people from southern region taught us, to vote without brains just to display our blind loyalty to our wicked leaders so long we enjoy the crumbs and cookies dropping from their tables.
    Gudoro bwembwelekete Thuvuluvu Gondwe pamoza na boma linu mukwenera kusintha vinthu pamendero ghawanthu muchigawa ichi. Mukwenera kuyowoya za musewo to Nkhata Bay. Not buying coffins and petty cash splashing and think you can win the hearts of people in REC. Mu Boma lililose mpaka chisangikemo chindere chakufumila ku Mpoto chifukwa cha mzoto. Vitimusotorani pamoyo!!!

  2. Nya Xaba says:

    DPP is a confused party led by incompent leader. T/A Mwamlowe has also proved to be a very weak leader. How can he be pushed around by party leaders? The Mzimba Ngoni chiefs can’t tolerate this nonsense. Langa and Gondwe knows.

  3. mshanda says:

    mwebanganyamwe ka mdyale zili mnyifwa?imagin the pain the bereaved families are feeling for losin their loved ones and yet you fight for votes.

  4. ida says:

    A Sanga chamba kapena chani?

  5. MFULU says:

    These Dpp sward are very foolish,”LISTEN U MECC CHAIR FAVOURED BY PITA, ALK MWIANS WANT 50+1, SO IF U WANT TU PLZ PITA NOT ALL MWIANS U LL DIE LIKE MBENDERA ,HE PLZD PITA NOT ALL MWIANS SEE NOW, LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS ,MONEYVIS DANGEROUS TAKE MY NOTE UR FAMILY LOVECU DONT TAKE RISK …

  6. Let Us Pray says:

    Once upon a time the same DPP despised the Church. Everyone knows the result. Now they are at it again fooling around with PAC then Livingstonia Synod. Kaya!!!

  7. msonda says:

    Withu ndi Kamlepo……..osati enawo

  8. igweee says:

    A day will come when the hand of Jehova will stand,no one of these Flafs will stand.Aliyense amene alimbana ndi ana a Mulungu akulimbana ndi Jehova…and eveyone concerned will see how powerful Jehova is.Let them block azaona polekela .Be very careful with issues from heaven.its spiritual .

  9. dada jata says:

    Never politicise death bwana Sanga mawa tikapanga kwa Mai anu, grow up.

  10. Trendex says:

    THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS WE SALUTE THE NATIONAL SECURITY BUT NOT THIS ONE. THE DPP REGIME MUST BE SHAMEFUL FOR THAT BECAUSE THESE DEATHS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF THE REGIME CONSTRUCTED A GOOD ROAD. WHY IS DPP KEEN AT SHOWING SYMPATHY WHEN IT COMES TO FUNERAL ALL ALONG IT WAS SILENT. I SALUTE CCAP SYNOD OF LIVINGSTONIA FOR A JOB WELL DONE. THE DEVIL WAS TRYING TO BLOCK THE WAY BUT GOD HAS IT. MUSALIMBANE NDI MULUNGU MUFAPO CHABE. I AM SADDENED THE WAY OUTDATED GOODALL GONDWE IS BEING TOSSED BY THE OUTDATED NDATA GUY. DEVIL WACHEPA KAGWERE UKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Rift Valley says:

    A funeral should not be taken by DPP as an occasion to prop up its battered image

    .Mr. Gondwe, or even the president, can not take precedence over the church in these circumstances.

  12. gadaffi says:

    a garu inu a dpp mkulimbana ndi a church y?

  13. REY says:

    NO ROOM FOR DPP KU RE. WE HAVE KAMLEPO. GET IT IN YOUR HEAD. THE SAME WAY U HAVE PETER IN GOLIATI THYOLO. WE HAVE KAMLEPO IN RUMPHI EAST. TILEKANI TAWENE…PLZ

  14. happy kaluwa says:

    blocking church services????????
    a khristuwo ndi awo a DPP?????
    good job Rev.Nyondo we respect you
    you are no nonsense.

    1. Mweene says:

      Bravo Rev. Nyondo! Amafuna ayesere pa maliro popangira campaign eti? Agalu in a DPP ndi mbuzi mano kunsi wanuyo Petulo. Shatap zanu!

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