Malawi Cashgate turns religious: Catholics hold mass at Capital Hill

The financial looting at Capital Hill turned religious when Catholic civil servants celebrated Holy Mass right at seat of government for God’s intervention into the ‘cashgate’ saga.

The Eucharistic celebration was also meant to end the Holy Rosary month of October.

Episcopal Conference of Malawi research and communications officer Prince Henderson said on Monday that the Mass was led by Fr. John Makola of St. Patrick’s parish in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe.

“Not all is rotten at Capital Hill following the Cash gate scandal as Catholics last week Thursday celebrated mass at the Seat of Government.  For the past two months, Capital Hill, which houses Government offices in Lilongwe has been hitting the headlines in media for wrong reasons as a lot of Government officers are currently under investigation following the looting of public resources through theft, fraud and corruption, and this
is dubbed the Cash-gate scandal.

Mass at Capital Hill

“There was an approach by the Catholic Church in conjunction with Catholic Civil Servants to pray for God’s mercy over the much talked issue. Father John Makola, Parish Priest at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish in Lilongwe joined the Civil Servants and led the Eucharist Celebration,” said Henderson adding that the religious service was also aimed at ending the rosary month of October.

Over 20 people have been arrested so far and investigations still continue.

President Joyce Banda dropped some cabinet ministers to pave way for thorough investigations after a failed murder of director of budget Paul Mphwiyo.

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