Mutharika comes face to face with Malawi Catholic bishops after scathing pastoral letter

President Peter Mutharika on Saturday met two Catholics bishops face to face during the Bingu wa Mutharika memorial mass service in Thyolo.

Mutharika and first lady at the memorial of Bingu

Mutharika and first lady at the memorial of Bingu

Catholic bishops issued a scathing pastoral letter a month ago that faulted the Peter Mutharika administration on several fronts including economic, social and political.

President Mutharika and his government officials have not responded to the letter.

Saturday was the first time that Archbishop Thomas  Luke Msusa of the Catholic church and the chief author of the letter met face to face with Mutharika at Goliati in Thyolo , the home area of the Mutharika brothers who are now ruling the country for 10 years combined.

Bishop Musikuwa of Chikhawa Diocese was also present during the memorial mass service that  assisted in memorial mass by  three priests, including the one in charge of Chingazi Parish, Father Steven Pahuwa.

The memorial drew Democratic Progressive Party officialls as well as government officials.

President Mutharika did not have a chance to discuss the pastoral letter matter with the bishops neither did he speak at the function.

However Archbishop Msusa praised the late Bingu for his “visionary” leadership as evidenced by his philosophy of turning Malawi from a predominantly importing  country to a predominantly exporting country and that he  used to say‘let the works of my hands speak for me’.

“He meant we should all unite and work together. Death is not the end of everything, let us pray for each other and have trust in God,” he said.

In his homily, Bishop Musikuwa prayed for Malawians to always strive to continue pursuing the late Bingu’s vision of developing the country.

He said Jesus Christ, who defeated death shall always help the nation to defeat problems Malawians encounter and that there nothing impossible if people put their trust in God.

Politicians who spoke during the service, including Democratic Progressive Party secretary general spoke highly of the late president and avoided attacking the pastoral letter.

Among others, the Catholic pastoral letter criticised the government for the severe food shortages but speaking on Friday in Nchalo, the president seemed to be in denial of severe food shortages prevailing in the country, claiming no one has died of hunger.

 

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12 thoughts on “Mutharika comes face to face with Malawi Catholic bishops after scathing pastoral letter”

  1. Charles says:

    You guys look here, We don’t have to shout much on this! The gathering was not a political one! It had its meaning! Where and how does id the pastoral letter move in? Why does the editors not seek another forum? Any way, what we ought to do is to ncentrate on what we have to do. The dead oldman will not help here! its we Malawians behind here look forward! WORK HARD to achieve development and posperity of our country for the betterment of our nation. Praying and cursing for wealth of the sons and daughters of Malawi looted during the past rule will not help! Let us unite together and be forward focused! Thats when GOD will bring blessings to our dear mother country! Chao!

  2. Mpumulo wa njala says:

    Alibe pulobulemu Mathanyula. 2.3 million people are starving

  3. esaul ask says:

    mutharika brother’s

  4. PMK says:

    Bishop a vision leader is the one who looted K61 billion meant for developing Malawi? Was bingu a leader with a vision when K577 billion was looted during his evil rule and him also being part of the looting?

    Pastors, apostles, bishops, priests from the south mwadya ndalama zakuba ndi magazine kwa galuyu APM.

    You false preachers “Time Will Tell”.

  5. nankhoma says:

    kodi abale tandiwuzeni. Ndiye kuti a Pitala anathetsa banja ndi Mai Getrude. Nanga ndadabwa kuwona pa pikicha apa ali ndi mai wachizungu

  6. Ze Roberto says:

    ” No one has died of hunger” Komadi ukakhala pa msana pa njobvu umati Kulibe mame. Irresponsible president!

  7. johnM says:

    The bishops are right, Malawi is a predominantly an importing country. Whether that is an achievement one can be proud of as a head of state, your guess is as good as mine

  8. Lameck chimpanzi says:

    Can anyone inform me the exact message this article is trying to tell the reader? From the look of things there are a number things the originator is writing about and obviously he has taken advantage of the main focus of the gathering to start pelting his scathing remarks against Muntharika (APM). If anything why should the speakers talk about a pastoral letter when the audience was not meant for that, and if they did that the same media could have faulted it. As people have always said, writing is an art which unfortunately not everyone who chooses to become a writer will be able to achieve the expected outcome. When it comes to informing why can’t people concentrate on the gist of the matter other than bringing in all sorts of things into the fray?

  9. chimpanzee says:

    They are fighting for themselves what were you expecting? It’s money talks

  10. Chambe says:

    What has Pastoral letter got to do with the occasion? Bingu was Catholic and the function was about his memorial and the pastoral letter. The President is not obliged to respond to the letter as purported in this story as it was addressed to the Catholic Congregation.

  11. Chimunthu says:

    The Archbishop praised Bingu for his ‘visionary’ leadership……..turning Malawi from a predominantly exporting country to a predominantly importing country. Surely that is the wrong way round in economic terms. A country that imports more than it exports will be burdened by a huge financial trade deficit. Either the Archbishop has been misquoted or he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    1. Orhama says:

      What has been reported in the article above as the opposite of what you commenting, re-read through and understand. I am however not praising Bingu though he might have contributed something and added value to Malawi as every person was created 4 a purpose.

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