Catholic did not reject Beautify Malawi donation, Archbishop Msusa clears mist

Blantyre Diocese Archbishop Thomas Msusa , who is chairperson of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has refuted media reports has he rejected the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s donation through her Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust to assist rehabilitation works for the Providence Girls Secondary School hostel in Mulanje that went up in flames on 21 February this year.

Archbishop Msusa: Clarifies

Bishop Msusa was speaking to Radio Maria Malawi in a program called “The church and society” on Tuesday evening monitored by Nyasa Times.

He said the Catholic Church and Blantyre Archdiocese in particular appreciated the First Llady’s cement donation and other items which were given direct to 40 girls who were affected with the fire accident.

Head girl for the school, Vanessa Disoni, also commended the First Lady for showing interest and offering a helping hand.

“Let me put clear here on this radio that we did not reject the 4o bags of cement donated by the first lady, I only informed her of Germany donor which the church sourced and has already started the rehabilitation work, of which the First Lady was happy that some well wishers had already came to our rescue, 40 bags are with us and they will be used in other works at school besides this matter,”explained Msusa.

Contrary to what the media had reported on Monday the Bishop said the First Lady  followed all the procedure and we were aware of her visit hence i was there to welcome her at the school.

“How could one say we were not informed of her coming when I personally welcomed and the school, mind you I stay in Blantyre I had to drive to Providence Secondary in Mulanje earlier to be the first to arrive at the place before her as per our tradition the host is suppose to arrive first to prepare and put the hose in order before the visitor comes,” said  Bishop Msusa.

“Even in her speech the first lady alluded to that fact she was told that there is someone already helping on this cause, so media should not politicise her good gesture towards our problem”, he added.

But in her speech, the First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika said as Beam, one of its focus areas was construction of girls’ hostels and they were prepared to do so.

She said: “But since we have been told that some donors are already helping with that, we will still leave the cement here to be used for other purposes.”

During the visit, the First Lady was accompanied by Cabinet ministers Bright Msaka (Education, Science and Technology), Kondwani Nankhumwa (Local Government and Rural Development), Cecilia Chazama (Culture, Civic Education and Community Development) and Grace Chiumia (Home Affairs and Internal Security). Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Grelzeder Jeffrey was also part of the delegation.

Beside her 40 bags of cement donation Madam Mutharika donated some basic items to 39 students who lost their personal effects during the February 21 2018 inferno that destroyed students’ property worth more than K100 million.

The items included 40 suitcases, 40 school bags, 40 mattresses, plastics cups and plates, soap, exercise books, mathematical instruments, bathing and facing towels, sanitary pads, 40 bunk beds and school uniforms to the affected and needy students, according to Malawi News Agency.

She said they were touched upon hearing that a hostel had been destroyed by fire.

Msaka commended the First Lady for her commitment to promoting girls’ education through construction of hostels, provision of sanitary amenities and teaching and learning materials

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santana
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I have been saying that whatever the MCP and its agents in newspapers can do in darkness will no sooner or later be exposed. Because of one liar and MCP agent, a puppet of George Kasakura the bishop was erroneously being bashed on one side and praised on the other. MCP was very happy with the first story. Now that the bishop has refuted what the MCP agent wrote I am sure the party is bibing on open ground instead of the toilet. Masiku akutha koma chipani chikutha ma plan daily.

Noxy
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I applaud the Respected Bishop to come out clear on this,people then must only criticise the situation and not that the Bishop refused to receive the donation.

YOSWA
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I think its good to respect these men of God. What he is saying is what transpired at providence contrary to what media reports said. If he wanted to turn down the donation he would have not even accepted the first lady to go there or else he wouldn’t have gone there himself. Kodi zoti donation yakanidwa ananena ndi a first lady or the bishop himself?

Listen and Love
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ABISHOP ATHU NDIMUNTHU WACHILUNGAMO, OOPA MULUNGU, ONENE ZOONA, OSAFUNA KULANDILA THANDIZO KWA ANTHU AWIRI PAMENE MUNTHU M’MODZI WADZIPEREKA KALE NDI MOFULUMIRA. GOD BLESS YOU OUR ARCHBISHOP, HIS GRACE THOMAS LUKE MSUSA. YOU ARE INDEED A TRUE MAN OF GOD AND A LOVER OF JUSTICE. “JUBILATE DEO OMNIS TERRA SERVITE DOMINO IN LAETITIA”
WORK WITH JOY!!! And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.

Hatton
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Zenizeni ndi zomwe alankhula ambuyezi, zowaika mau mkamwazo ndi udemoni umenewo. Every able minded person must believe what the Archbishop has said. It is not reported speech but straight from the horses’ mouth. Amithenga a otsutsawa angofuna azitilakwitsa. Ngati mbuyomo sitinalankhule bwino tikhululukireni, popeza kukhululuka nanunso ndi khalidwe lanu.

kanchenga
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Bishop what’s wrong with you. I can only advise you to refrain from interacting with politicians or you will make the church look stupid. Next time send a representative to interact with politicians. That’s the smart way. Your church members feel uncomfortable listening to such dull explanations

Phiri
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Malawi media and everyone ialways publishing fake twisted News

Chisyano
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What the Nation has not been told is that the Hostel in Mulanje burnt down because there was no electricity and a candle fell. ESCOM shame on you. This is your fault. This misunderstanding with the 1st Lady would have been completely avoided if the students had lights.

Nambewe
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The comments of the bishop is a sad and classic example of why the Catholic Church is now politicised. I am ashamed as a follower. Our priests and bishops are more interested in being in newspapers – giving false accounts, ambiguous statements and spreading discord in order to give political advantage to some politicians or political parties whilst bashing the ones they hate. Our Catholic church is in a big mess that needs cleaning, (including PAC) – everyday we hear statements that are making the CHURCH look stupid because priests and bishops are partisan. SHAME!

#DzukaniAmalawi
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The argument and concern was around comparative costs between expenses incurred by government transporting very senior government officials/entourage versus the value of total donation. How much does a truck with 40 suitcases, 40 school bags, 40 mattresses, plastics cups and plates, soap, exercise books, mathematical instruments, bathing, face towels, sanitary pads, 40 bunk beds and school uniforms cost in comparison to the travel costs of entire senior govt officials. Back of the envelope calculations estimate the cost to be in the region of K3,5 million. Whether the Archbishop accepted the donation or not is neither here nor there. We are… Read more »

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