The opposition Peoples Party (PP) are disappointed lot after they were left out of a night of prayer event attended by President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Friday, April 1.
The prayers were organized by Apostle Stanley Ndovi of Living Waters Church (LWC) and
Madalitso Mbewe of Calvary Family Church (CFC).
Mutharika’s attendance came on the background of alleged prophecy by Nigerian ‘prophet’ T.B. Joshua who recently prophesized that one of the Southern African presidents would die soon.
President Mutharika then infuriated by the alleged prophecy which many people believed targeted the Malawian leader, dubbed Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan) as a ‘fake man’.
The prayers, which attracted believers from all corners of the country, were meant to seek God’s grace on Malawi as well as to pray for Mutharika.
However, PP who did not attend the event could not hide their frustration for being left out, insinuating the “prayers were organized in bad faith with bad intentions and bad motives”.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda told Nyasa Times they have always respected the churches and if invited he has attended prayers organized by religious and faith groups.
“We did not attend the night of prayers because we were not invited; even had we been invited we would have given it a second thought whether to attend or not for several reasons,” argues Msonda.
Msonda ignited the bitter war of words with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claiming it organized the prayers to counter national day of prayer event religious and faith leaders organized in January this year at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
“History has it that DPP administration is specialized in countering events; during July 20th, 2011 demonstrations, they organized their own demonstrations; Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) organized demonstrations and DPP came up with a fake CSO carnival to counter,” he said.
Msonda labelled the night prayers as a desperate resort for DPP after realizing that the Mutharika goofed ‘big time’ for castigating servants of God- the Catholic bishops and T.B. Joshua as well as prophet Sheppard Bushiri.
There is no immediate response from DPP.
Aside PP, the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) also did not attend the prayers.
“It is sad and unfortunate that some respected servants of God have been involved in organizing these night of prayers innocently without knowing the DPP agenda, motive and purpose for these prayers,” added Msonda.
During the night of prayer, faith and religious leaders asked God to bless the country on several aspects including peace, political stability, noting that God is the only one with capacity to solve
problems facing the nation.
Malawi has been facing a difficult phase with economic instability causing general increase in prices of goods and services; increase in brutal attacks and killing of people with albinism; pull-out of donor
support due to continued plunder of public resources as well as a dry spell resulting in food drought.