Bishop Mtumbuka guides Catholic congregants on qualities of good leader ahead of Malawi elections

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the Karonga Diocese of the influential Catholic Church has guided congregants on qualities of a good leader that the country needs to have through a vote in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Bishop Mtumbuka:Bishop Mtumbuka guides Catholic congregants on qualities of good leader ahead of Malawi elections

In his homily during the Chrism Mass Service (CMS) he conducted at St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral in Karonga district where 15 priests from the nine parishes of the diocese renewed their vows and commitments of priestly services, His Grace Mtumbuka said the May 21 2019 elections are watershed for Malawi

.The Bishop said it is sad that 55 years after independence Malawi is the third poorest country on the land due to its poor leadership that does not put interests of the people at heart.

“Nobody should deceive you, ladies and gentlemen: Malawi is the poorest country on earth, perhaps with the exception of Sudan, South Sudan and Burundi only. It’s a very poor country, this. Signs of abject poverty are everywhere.

“Elect someone who should rescue you from poverty, ladies and gentlemen. Don’t elect someone because you like the way his party’s uniform was designed. Don’t elect someone because he gave you a bicycle. Elect someone who should end poverty, especially among women…Since you women are the majority of voters, choose someone who will help you to get out of the poverty trap,” said Mtumbuka.

The Catholic Church, he said, will only guide its flock but will not endorse candidates.

He urged the electorate to save themselves from the jaws of poverty by voting wisely and not vote for thieves or those who shield them or their cronies.

“Free yourselves from this slavery and dehumanizing poverty. Vote for someone who can change the direction of this country. People have suffered enough. Enough is enough,” he said.

Mtumbuka said voters should not be deceived that Malawi has transformed to the level of Germany.

He said: “Ask those two Germans over there whether this country looks like theirs. They will be shocked to hear you’re claiming such things.

“Politicians take advantage of the fact that you have never been to Germany, so you’re walking in the simple footpaths and they convince you that Germany looks like that. Rubbish! Rubbish! Rubbish, all this! So rubbish.”

Mtumbuka urged the Catholic faithful to vote for someone who can turn things around for a better Malawi.

“Do you hear me, ladies? You’re in abject poverty. You’re very poor. End this poverty by electing someone who can truly end this. Not those who develop this country by word of mouth, no, no, no, no.

“Someone coming here to talk about Mandasi (flitters0 today, these are the very same things you’ve been selling for 50years without being able to afford even a pair of shoes. Stop this Mandasi business. If you want, go and fry them for your grandparents,” said Mtumbuka in a speech delivered in local dialect Tumbuka.

He stressed that Malawi is impoverished and “we should not deceive one another.”

Said the Bishop: “When going about in the markets, sometimes I become very sad… You find it’s raining, a mother is holding an umbrella in the rain, and she’s roasting maize, waiting to sell. It’s raining, a mother has a pile of tomatoes, waiting for customers to come and buy. The rain has soaked her all over her body, except that small area shielded by an umbrella.”

Taking his turn, Karonga Diocese Laity Council (KDLC) chairperson John Mtambo thanked the congregants for their generous contributions of cash amounting to close to K775-thousand and non-food items that will go towards flood victims in Zomba and Chikwawa dioceses.

The church’s purpose  for voter guidance is for Catholics to form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth.

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Innoxy
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Innoxy

Mwana wa satana kunyenga anthu, waukapee!.

Gibo
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If you say The Catholics have endorsed their leader , so whats wrong with you ? You want to say that you don’t have your church leader to be endorsed ? Shame on you .

Binnwell Kachikopa
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Unfortunately, God loves everyone disregarding any udindo. We know Mtumbuka is promoting UTM ideologies but not all catholics are utm and not all Malawians are Catholics. Wishes of this Bishop will never succed, mark my words. Evil intentions breed evil results. Worldly desires are totally different from Gods blessings. GOD LOVES EVERYONE

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

You are being paranoid. Bishop Mtumbuka never said that or insinuated that.
Read it again or listen to the audio clip. Anthu oipa kapena mfiti zimaziwulura zokhatu

Vision
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Vision

That is direct campaign but it will yield nothing on 21 May mark my words. We are 17 Million in Malawi. Catholic 1 Million Five hundred thousand the whole malawi. The remaining 5 Million is from other churches and humanism. Out of 1.5 Million catholics on 500,000 will accept your views.

Alomwe
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Alomwe

Malawi needs more of the courageous men of God like this Bishop Mutumbuka! We need to applaud this man. It is obvious that Malawians should stop being fooled by DPP that they can develope the country after squandering the first 5 years under this APM. What does DPP have to show for the past 5 years? Nothing except maizegate, Karim-APM gate, Police cashgate, ESCOM gate, thefts by Chisale, Muhara, Namanthanga, DPP Principal Secretaries and CEOs, Admarc and Central Medical Stores plunder, fuel gate, drug shortages, increased poverty, fake new roads, increased corruption, unaccountable ministers and PSs, decline in rule of… Read more »

chemalembo
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chemalembo

bravo!! this is a true guidance lecture

Prophecy fulfilled
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Prophecy fulfilled

UTM is for Catholic church backed.
I wonder those who belong to other churches how do they feel. Don’t they know that Pope Francis is behind all this.
I’m not a prophet but this will come to pass on may 21 to see Malawi being under Vatican

Hope sagawa
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Hope sagawa

Just keep quiet you have nothing to offer or to deliver to the nation. There is no connection in what you are saying, if I may ask you a question: How far did you go with school? Am doubting your thinking capacity. Anyway it seems that you are irrational please claim back your rationality. And if you went to school, am so sorry for you because school is not helping you in reasoning, you are not educated just schooled.

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

What prophecy is that. People indeed must vote wisely not this rubbish which people who have never travelled are being fooled.

fishmomger
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fishmomger

Galu iwe ukuti prophecy bwanji bingu anali catholic anatitenga ku vatican?Wasowa chonena basi

pearson
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Very good speech my fellow bishop

Zobanduka
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No ENDORSEMENTS of Party Leaders, but guiding the congregants to choose wisely! Bravo to you Bishop Mtumbuka! Tha’s how the Church should be…Not the QUADRIAS and some Chiefs….Mudzasowa pobisala after May 21 ali manyazi! Be neutral and fully support the Government of the day for developmental activities! Not Bootleakers!! Mxiiii!

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

A bishop people know who they will vote for already. Those that have impacted on their lives . You did the same in 2014 and pple voted into power their preferred representatives. Malawi is poor and will remain poorer no matter how many presidents come in and go . It’s not type of President who is there but the county has no resources

Dan
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Dan

Please dont curse our nation because of your ego. Malawi can be like any other country. You do not need to think so retrogressively like you have demonstrated in this post. Be reminded that it is our leaders who have failed Malawi, To say that people have already made their choice you are right. The Bishop is however here trying to lead the people into choosing progressive leaders and not retrogressive leaders. We will not bow to fatalism when we know that the leaders are deliberately plundering the state resources with impunity. In my view the fact that corruption has… Read more »

Kaitano
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Kaitano

I think to choose a dog which has teeth, will finish what has remained. I think it can be good to choose some one who will respect the rule of law.