Outspoken CCAP Synod of Livingstonia moderator Reverend Levi Nyondo has hit at President Peter Mutharika of promoting “divisions” in the country and added credence to claims by religious group Public Affairs Committee (PAC) that Mutharika’s leadership is “transaction” and not transformation.
Rev Nyondo, speaking on Tuesday during the funeral ceremony of chief Malanda of Nkhata Bay at Nkundi headquarters , accused the Mutharika regime of promoting disunity in the country by marginalising the northern region, saying the appointment of Symon Vuwa Kaunda as presidential adviser on national unity and parliamentary affairs is misplaced.
“We as Synod of Livingstonia are surprised with the country’s leadership as far as unity is concerned. We ask ourselves which unity Vuwa Kaunda is working on with President Mutharika,” said Nyondo, a fierce critic of government.
Synod of Livingstonia, the vocal voice on social and political matters, and said traits of disunity by the government is seen in education quota system of selecting students to public university as opposed to merit, saying the system is marginalising people from the north.
He also noted that development is not equally shared in the country and appointments in public offices are favouring largely one tribe, attracting applause from the mourners.
Vuwa Kaunda, a former MP for Nkhata Bay Central Constituency, who previously served as minister for various portfolios in the government of the late Bingu wa Mutharika and was also co-accused with Peter Mutharika in the now discontinued treason case, said the criticism by Nyondo was made at a wrong place.
“The funeral was not the right forum to address those issues. However, I will take the message to President Mutharika,” said Vuwa Kaunda.
In his address, Rev Nyondo said what he said should be communicated to the President.