[email protected]: Clergy points out ‘valid’ reason to thank God

Malawi on Sunday 6 July 2014 marked 50 years of independence (Golden Jubilee) years of peace and prosperity with the clergy saying the country  has a valid reason to thank the almighty God for the gift of unity, tolerance and harmony amongst its people.

Mutharika arrives for prayers at BICC

Mutharika arrives for prayers at BICC

Mutharika and Chllima with dignitaries at the prayers

Mutharika and Chllima with dignitaries at the prayers

Vice President Chilima greets the clergy

Vice President Chilima greets the clergy

Speaker Richard Msowoya and his wife at the prayers

Speaker Richard Msowoya and his wife at the prayers

Chilima and his wife

Chilima and his wife

Speaking at the  inter- denomination service of worship of prayers at Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in Lilongwe, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Rev. Bishop Brighton Vitta Malasa said: “Malawi was blessed with peace loving people as evidenced by what we see from our fellow African countries who are at war.

“As we celebrate this Golden Jubilee, let us reflect on our past and see what we have failed to achieve as a nation so that we learn from the failures and attain more as the journey for the next 50 years has begun.”

According to Malasa, there is need for Malawi to put an extra gear and to be patriotic so that more is attained in the next 50 years.

The prayers attracted many Senior Government officials included the President of the country Prof. Peter Mutharika and his Vice Saulosi Chilima and other heads of international bodies.During the inter denomination service of worship, many religious leaders took part in praising God for making it possible for the country to remain peaceful and democratic.

Many religious leaders took part in praising God for making it possible for the country to remain peaceful and democratic.

Pastor Frackson Kuyama thanked the Lord for both political and independence transformation that Malawi as a country has attained for the past 50 years.

“As we celebrate our 50 years of our national independence, let us put God first as he is the one who has made it possible for us to reach this far,” he said

The prayers were held under the theme, “Commemorating 50 years of independence: Trusting God in transforming our country into a prosperous nation with a shared vision.”

Malawi attained its independence from the colonial Britain in 1964 by its first leader, Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

Some of the notable faces present during the prayer ceremony were Dr Lazarus Chakwera President of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Atupele Muluzi President of United Democratic Party (UDF), Cabinet Ministers, Arch Bishop Tarcizius Ziyaye of Lilongwe Arch Dioces, among others.

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