Nkhoma Synod tips MCP, calls for prayers on Malawi economic crisis

Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Deputy Moderator Rev. Alfred Nyanda has called on the faithfuls to pray for the economic crisis that has engulfed the country.

Speaking at Kauma, Lilongwe during the ordainment of Chikowa CCAP Prayer House to a fully-fledged church on Sunday, and Nyanda also advised the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to do civilised politics and avoid foul-mouthing political competitors.

MCP president Dr Lazarous Chakwera was the guest of honour at the function attended by hundreds of faithfuls.

“We need to put our nation in prayer due to the many problems we are going through. Currently, we are sailing into thick waters because some few greedy politicians stole money meant for medicine in our hospitals, prices of basic needs are rising day in day out and the poor are the most vulnerable. We are in deep troubles which need all of us to take part and as Christians we need to pray hard,” he said.

Chakwera at the CCAP church function

The cleric advised the MCP leadership that they should be a model on clean politics.

“Since we only have MCP at this function, I will direct my advices to its leadership. Parties and MCP in particular, should know that dirty politics of hatred and castigating opponents is not relevant to the current landscape. This is the period of respect, a period which we should treat one another as equal.

“I urge you that as you are campaigning for the 2014 general elections, you should on dwell much on policies other than personalities. Whoever is doing dirty politics is just showing his or her ignorance,” said Nyanda.

Taking his turn, MCP presidential candidate Chakwela said the church has a big role of influencing the leaders on the way they govern the nation and their respective parties.

“Malawi need leaders who govern by the virtue of justice, honesty and integrity, only when we have this kind of leadership, we will be free from all these problems we are facing today will be a thing of the past,” said the MCP president.

“Due to some ill-mannered leaders, poor people have no basic needs of their lives because someone out there has only one thing at heart, just to enrich himself and herself at the expense of the poor. Malawi has been engulfed with a dark cloud which needs the church’s efforts to pray against it,” he said.

With over 700 members, Chikowa CCAP church which was under Lingadzi CCAP becomes the 171 church under the Nkhoma Synod.

Chakwera speaking at the church

Part of the audience at the church

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