Malawi government spokesman Jappie Mhango has lashed at Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbytery (CCAP) concentrate on matters of the pulpit in preaching than giving checks and balances to government.
Mhango, who is also Minister of Information and Civic Education, was reacting to concerns the synod raised on the insecurity in the country.
Synod’s spiritual father, Rev Douglous Chipofya said Malawians are living in fear because if poor security both in rural and urban areas.
The Synod moderator condemned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government “for failing to provide security to citizens since it went into power (2014).”
Chipofya is quoted by Daily Times saying: “Our children with albinism are killed under the leadership of DPP.
“People are burnt to ashes and old people are killed after being suspected of practising witchcraft in the Southern region.”
He added that there is rising theft of property.
“Why are these things happening now? Where is the leadership,” he querried.
He also condemned the violence that threatened to disrupt a solidarity rally organised by three opposition parties at Chibavi Primary School ground on Sunday.
Rev Chipofya said it is regrettable that police could not provide security to Malawi Congress Party (MCP), PP and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) at their meeting despite being alerted about it and that MCP president Lazarus Chakwera deserved protection as leader of opposition in parliament – a constitutional title that means he is part of government.
But responding to the criticism, government spokesman trashed the synod saying they are not security experts.
“Are they experts in economy, security and all things?” querried Mhango.
“Let them concentrate on preaching and not commenting on anything,” said the government spokesman.
But the paper quoted Boniface Dulani, a political analyst from Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima),saying the Synod concerns are valid.
He said DPP should listen to the warning bells that “things are not going on well in this country.”
Dulani accused government of being “selective” in providing security, saying the administration has failed on social obligation.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :