Archbishop of Canterbury meets Mutharika

Head of the Anglican Church in the world Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams says Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has expressed commitment to dialogue with the civil society organisations (CSOs).

The Archbishop said this after meeting President Mutharika on Friday at Sanjika Palace at the start of his visit to the Church of the Province of Central Africa.

Williams arrived through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre on Thursday for a three-day visit as part of the Anglican Church’s celebrations to mark 150 years of its existence in Malawi.

“The President has expressed commitment to dialogue with the civil society,” said  Williams who emphasised that his visit is pastoral not political.

He discussed the Anglican church’s involvement in economic and agriculture projects and hailed Mutharika for doing “a lot to improve food security in Malawi”.

He said: “We had very interesting discussions about agriculture in Malawi and problems facing the future of food production.”

Williams said his Church “attaches great emphasis on farming, especially at grassroots to ensure food security at all levels”.

Archbishop Rowan and the Rt Revd James Tengatenga, Bishop of Southern Malawi. Photo:Lambeth Palace

The spiritual leader said he was grateful at being able to celebrate with Malawi during  the 150th anniversary of a Church.

“The Church today in this country still plays a deeply significant part in community development, in education, in grassroots agricultural development, in the empowerment of women and young people – I am here to give thanks to God, with you, for all that work,”said Williams.

“I am here to pray with you for a Church that will continue responding to God’s call in that way in the future, and to learn from what you do as I go around and visit various projects in different parts of the country.”

Williams is expected to visit various projects by the Anglican Church in Malawi before travelling to Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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