Beware of prophets, stop handouts – Evengelical Churches of Malawi

The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), an umbrella body for evangelical churches, has taken a critical view at prophets who are on the rise in the country.

EAM general secretary Reverend Francis Mkandawire noted that there has been a proliferation of prophets in  Malawi and condemned some prophets who are prophesying that a particular presidential candidate will triumph in the polls.

The Evengelical Churches said this practice can easily discourage prospective voters from exercising their constitutional right to choose people of their own choice.

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“We want to warn Malawians not to entertain such individuals who often prophesy for personal gain,” EAM said.

EAM reminded such prophets that the only mandated body to declare winners in general elections is the Malawi Electoral Commission.

Further EAM takes a look at the forth-coming 2014 May 20 tripartite elections, analyzing issue based campaigns, cash hand-outs, partisan politics, and handling of the media.

“All political parties must campaign peacefully focusing on real issues which would assist the nation instead attacking personalities. They should avoid inflammatory and insulting language which would easily result in conflicts. Leaders of all our political parties to lead by example practicing decent campaign”.

EAM also discourages cash hand-outs during campaigns with a view of winning votes. Such practice, says the association, dis-empowers the people and promotes dependency syndrome.

“At this time when we have cash gate at our door steps, it is just right and proper that our political are sensitive enough to avoid communicating a wrong message to the public as to the source of such resources,” says EAM.

The church also demands that leaders must as much as possible steer clear from partisan party politics. Favours and gifts from politicians at this time of campaigns should be avoided at all costs, to maintain the unity and harmony within our Church structures.

Finally the evangelical mother body also cautions the media to exercise professional ethics and sensitivity when reporting on electoral matters.

“Malawians really want to see a change in approach, especially by the public media, in fair coverage of electoral issues. EAM will continue to play its prophetic role in this country, without fear or favour, speaking on issues which are of concern to our people in this nation.

“We call upon all Malawians to seriously pray for God’s divine intervention in our political process that we may have peaceful free and fair elections”.

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