Malawi Catholics in fundraising drive: Morntfort to be James Chiona High School

Catholic faithfuls in Blantyre gathered at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on Friday for a Valentines ball and used the event to raise funds for the Montfort Press to settle its loan.

Taking to the floor: Band and his wife in Valentine's dance

Arrival of His Grace Archbishop Musa and guest of honour John Bande

Taking to the floor: Band and his wife in Valentine's dance

Taking to the floor: Bande and his wife in Valentine’s dance

It was disclosed by Vicar General Fr Boniface Tamani during the fundraising that the Morntfort Press Complex in Blantyre will soon be  turned into a James Chiona High School in honour of late archbishop James Chiona who  died  on 18 Aug 2008 .

Archbishop Chiona and the six other bishops were the signatories of a Lenten pastoral letter read out in Roman Catholic churches across the country on Sunday 8 March 1992, which criticized the Kamuzu Banda’s MCP one-party government’s human rights record and blew the wind of change for Malawi from dictatorship to democracy.

During the fundraiser, Archbishop Thomas Msusa announced a pledge of K2 million n international well-wishers. Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) director General Ralph Kamoto and his wife Dr Kelita Kamoto donated K1 million and former minister John Bande and his wife gave K200,000 cash.

Others guests made pledges through registers circulated at the event.

“Let us own the church and be free to express your ideas on what we can do,” Fr Tamani said.

Former minister Bande was honoured as chief guest and recognised for his positive role he plays in fundraising and committmen tfor church work.

“Hon Banda has always been helpful to the church despite being busy as a politician,” Fr Tamani acknowledged.

Bishop Msusa also acknowledged the support Bande give to the church.

Bande’s  late father worked for Montfort Press as personnel and administrative manager.

In his remarks he thanked Vigar General for the “transparency” in the running affairs of the church.

Oswald Mumba, the chair for the fundraising from St Pius Church pledged transparency and accountability for the funds.

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gerad kingstong

Thanks kamotos its nott how much one has but the heart to give to God. U are blessed



Nedi emmanuel
I agree with “Malawiana”. That story about the pastoral letter is a little out of place. Let us sharpen our journalistic talents. We congratulate the Archbishop at this moment for having appointed a youthful, smart and transparent Vicar General. Someone mentioned about him and “Party Politics”. Yes, some of his national roles have had a crucial bearing in Politics. He is quite often clear about his stand. After all:”Politics is about affairs of the people”. Affairs of the people are multi-faceted… So let us look at the broader picture of Politics. Apart from Mr Bande who was manager at Montfort… Read more »

Just say the Late Bishop Chiona and most people will understand unlike referring the story to the 1992 Pastoral Letter as if that was the best thing he did on earth.


Koma we had fun yaa! From evening pa 13th. To 14th the valentines. Day
Archdiocese. And. Mumba keep. It up

mzedi parish

Abande ka babie kokongolatu aka eeeeeeeeh!!
Beautiful wife.

chipu hauledi

Politicians must have time for God. Congrants bande

chrissi mwandama

Ambuye james chiona loved The youth and was courageous. Brave idea to name school after him

jones phiri

Thanks vicar general for being transparent in. Your presentation that night


Transparency is. The word! I love my catholic church.. Let’s own it guys

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