Mutharika says Malawi becoming ‘morally bankrupt’: Urges faith leaders to restore dignity

Malawi is in a critical state as the depth of the people’s moral bankruptcy is reaching serious proportions which is impacting negatively to the national development, President Peter Mutharika has observed.

Mutharika shares a point with religious leaders … tion.Pic-Francis Mphweya

Church leaders in a group photograph with President Mutharika at Chikoko Bay in Mangochi -Pic-Francis Mphweya

The knee deep of morally bankruptcy can be  seen in circulation of  nude photos, moral corruption,  gossiping, multiple co-current partners, horny chiefs and aid workers taking advantage of the situation to have sex with women and little girls, some as young as 13, in exchange for favours—a bag of maize that is supposed to be distributed freely, but for which the women and girls are paying with their bodies—and their pride as women and, in some cases, as mothers.

President Mutharika has since  encouraged the faith leaders to instill a sense of morality among people of different religious persuasions to respect those in authority, lamenting that the country was losing its moral direction especially with advent of social media where; ‘nobody respects anyone else.’

Mutharika was speaking  on Monday at Chikoko Bay in Mangochi when he held an audience with different religious leaders from the Eastern Region comprising Ntcheu, Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga and Zomba districts.

The President  wondered  why people would celebrate when something bad occurred to another person.

“As a nation we are becoming morally bankrupt as such I guess it is the responsibility of pastors and sheikhs to guide people to restore the dignity that Malawi is known for,” he said, confessing that sometimes as political leaders they make mistakes not by design but because of poor judgment.

He appealed to the religious leaders to advocate for the three pillars of national development as espoused by the country’s leadership bordering on hard work, patriotism and integrity.

The President said the faith community could play a significant role in championing different development programmes being spearheading by government through the masses they serve spiritually.

He appealed for meaningful support from faith leaders on the understanding that without their contribution the country’s vision and mission of becoming a prosperous nation would be realized.

“Much as government is doing its part in fulfilling its obligations in providing for people in the area of various social amenities potable water and community technical colleges, religious leaders were supposed to provide spiritual and social guidance to their flock realize meaningful development,” Mutharika emphasized.

Mutharika outlined some of the development initiatives that government has lined up for the Eastern Region and the country as a whole, citing the successful completion of construction of 15, 000 houses under the decent accommodation and housing subsidy programme, attraction of foreign direct investors and upgrading of Kamwamba in Neno coal powered energy generation which would supply 300 mega watts to the electricity grid.

On corruption, Mutharika said some of the stories making rounds in the country were not true and somewhat exaggerated, saying he does not personally tolerate corruption which derails development.

“It is not true that government is making work of ACB and other corruption busting agencies difficult but as you has seen in recent developments that some officers and politicians have been probed and arrested on corruption related cases.

“There has been repeated calls for the arrest of seven Cabinet Ministers whose names have been not released by those claiming to be in know of such corrupt practices – we are not shielding anyone. Let me have the names and I will take the necessary action,” he challenged.

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire, Right Reverend Brighton Malasa promised to pray for the country’s leadership and the government, noting that religious leaders and politicians work in partnership to develop the country.

“As you have rightly said as a church, we don’t only look at the spiritual aspect of the human being but also the social and physical part like in education, health and agriculture to effectively complement government in development,” he said.

Malasa commended government for creating an enabling environment where freedom of worship thrives unlike in other countries where turmoil and animosity was the order of the day.

“In other countries people go to places of worship with a lot of fear which is not the case here where we are free to the extent of conducting overnight prayers,” the Bishop said, calling for unity and continued religious co – existence.

Malasa warned other political leaders from mobilizing ad instigating people to engage in violent demonstrations, saying such actions were detrimental to the country’s development process. He said any effective leadership requires the support of its citizens including religious leaders.

Secretary General for the Muslim Association of Malawi, Sheikh Dinala Chabulika commended President Mutharika for his self – less spirit which accommodates all manner of people without regard to their religious affiliation.

“That spirit is demonstrated when you want to reach out to Moslems or Christians without any difference with support provided whenever requested being uniform/equal,” he said.

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True patriot
The president is dead right that the country is morally bankrupt. This problem hasn’t left anyone in the country, going by what had happened on this day. Look, APM was speaking soon after the religious leaders, and what had they just told him – that the president should be commended for his fight against corruption? Really? Do these religious leaders live in Mars that they are not aware of the malaise that is going on in our society and that is hugely perpetrated by those in high offices? It is obvious that these religious leaders went to the president in… Read more »
Rift Valley

Just like in a family, if the father is morally challenged, immorality trickles down to siblings. Be morally upright Mr. President and everything will fall into place. Let ACB, National Audit Office, oDPP, Parastatal CEO’s etc, etc freely do what they know best and morality will be achieved throughout sectors of Malawi society.


The nkhalamba seems to be confused can,t even lead by example


Point of correction Mr President!

I suggest, we should be saying, “Malawi is in a critical state as the depth of DPP and President Mutharika’s leadership bankruptcy has reached serious proportions and has impacted negatively to the national development………………………………………..!

The knee deep of morally bankruptcy can be seen in circulation of moral corruption, levels of poverty amongst Malawians, nepotism, tribalism, bank interest rates etc!!”

Seriously, its only a wise leader who can play a significant role in championing programmes to tackle the issues at hand!! Sadly, we don’t have something to that effect…………………!”

Zinenani Zoona

Why is HE’s chair so far away from the reverend on the left and on the right? Is this mis-trust on the men of the collar?

Peter wa Mathanyula

I thought he said these people are not trusted as he is by the voters of this country? He should deal with this problem alone as people will trust his word more than these religious leaders. The flies will trust the religious leaders whilst voters will trust the most popular president of Malawi.


If a president is morally bankrupt, what do you expect of the citizens? Look at Mlumbe still at ADMARC, Njaunju death not investigated, Chasowa death investigations being pingponged between the police and Ministry of Justice in full view of the president, Ministry of Agriculture being set on fire as the president drinks tea…. the list is endless

Jesus Is Lord
What is bad for the moral fibre is when a country has a secular government (which kicks out God + relegates God to a mere “god” alongside the “gods” of pagan religions), and is just pretending to be “Christian” to win our favour. What is bad is when you have a government which is in bed with the satanic NWO. Yes, external influences are definitely a problem in Malawi and you need to be careful, because South Africa is pumping filth into Malawi via DSTV, Malawi24 (=same company), SA magazines like You Magazine, but also via churches which preach a… Read more »

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