CCAP endorses Dec 13 demos as Malawi Muslims Association ’eating the scone’

All  Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP)   synods in the country are in support for their flock to participate in Public Affairs Committee (PAC) nationwide demonstrations on December 13 to push for the enactment of the Electoral Reforms Bills, including the 50+1 provision for electing the President while Malawi Muslims Association (MAM) leadership are reported to have been ‘eating the scone’ from the regime not to take part.

Rev Timothy Nyasulu: CCAP synods back PAC nationwide protests

CCAP General Assembly chairperson the Reverend Timothy Nyasulu, who is also PAC trustees board chair, said the CCPP are supporting the protests as Malawi Council of Churches has endorsed them.

The Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), an ecumenical mother body comprising 25 member churches and 20 para-church organisations nationwide,  issued a statement in support of the protests calling on all church members and its congregations to join the protests.

Meanwhile, MAM officials have in their mouths full fluffy floury ‘scones’ with spokesman Sheik Dinala Chabulika saying government should not be pressured to table the electoral reforms bills.

He said at a news conference in Blantyre that there is commitment from government as it has already circulated three bills to be tabled and they are hopeful the other bills will also be tabled.

“As Muslim Association of Malawi, we would like to make it clear to the whole nation that we don’t have any problem with the Electoral Reforms Bills,” Chabulika said.

He appealed for all Muslims “not to participate” in the December 13 protest “and give dialogue a chance.”

Apparently, government officials are said to have palm oiled the MAM leadership to denounce the protests and that Shiek Idrissah Muhammad pocketed millions of Kwachas and shared little with other sheiks for their stand.

“We are not poor people, we are not madobadoba [beggers]. We cannot be bought, as a matter of fact, we are the ones who can buy others,” Muhammad said.

Secretary of Mangochi Majilis Ulama Council, Sheikh Maleat Twaha Mubarak said the Muslim community want to be enlightened on the bills.

“It is a pity that if you ask most Malawians, especially those who stay in rural areas, most of them will not tell you what is contained in the Bill and what it is all about – and these are the people who take part in voting,” he said.

Mubarak added that, “Before organizing the demonstrations on the electoral reforms, PAC should have first prioritized sensitization of the public on what the 50+1 is all about.”

MAM Vice Chairperson in Mangochi, Sheikh Fahid Kamsuli suggested that PAC should engage NICE Public Trust to create awareness about the electoral reforms bills to the general public so that Malawians understand the issues surrounding the reforms.

“We are not against PAC; we just want things to be done in an orderly manner and that the Committee should always stick to its obligation,” he said.

Kamsuli viewed that, “We will take part in any peaceful discussions to ensure that all Malawians are aware of issues contained in the electoral reforms bills.”

But Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi publicity secretary Sheikh Jafaar Kawinga said the issue is not about an individual religious institution, but PAC as an umbrella body.

Chancellor College political analyst Ernest Thindwa has also backed the decision, indicating that PAC as an organisation that represents people of all walks of life, it has every right to hold demonstrations as stipulated in the Constitution.

However, he said the possibility of dissenting views cannot be ruled out as PAC comprises so many stakeholders and having opposing views is normal.

PAC executive director Robert Phiri has since assured the nation of a peaceful march.

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Chemwali chimwene
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I expected this fromMAM, most moslems arenot educated, samadzisata zinthu. Koma mukananena zopita ku south africa kukagwira ntchito mwa ukapolo, akanachita demo. Muone za ma albino.asilamu ali chete koma albino ambiri asowa ku yao belt kwa asilamu.kapenaz. Ikakhala zonyoza muhamadi ku france akanakhala ali pefupefu kuguba za njeeer. Dziwani ichip nsomba zinatha mu nyanja ndiposouth africa ikutseka makomo ake, mudzipita kuschool mukhale ozindikira.

Nachisale
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Well done MAM. Stand your ground. You are the only sobber religious organisation in Malawi. PAC, the Catholic church and CCAP are political organisations who keep on wasting our time with useless things and call for demos. By the way, the Catholic church is full of hubris – thinking it is the ONE that brought democracy to Malawi. It DID NOT. We Malawians are the ones who did.

Chabulika chimbewa phiri
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Chabulika chimbewa phiri

Eeeeeee please isiyeni mijomba ilinso pangati manolity. Ndi chifukwa akusintha akuona palibe chomwe angaphindulepo oluza ndiowo ndi bwino adyepo Zikomo.

Khayangano
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Bravo MAM. Thanks for choosing peace. A ECM asiyeni choncho, akhuta vinyo osasa. Ayamba kuthamangila kunsewu mmalo mopita kwa Mulungu.

Kasim
Guest

Dialog for how many times Santana ? Have you also eaten Scones, this is a constitutional issue its straight forward the idea for dialogue should therefore be laughed off if you want engage dialogue yourself with them.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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Akuka, you are one of the idiots who has immensely benefited from the fight the Catholics put against the one party system in the country. You are now able to participate on this forum without facing any reprisals because the Catholic Bishops challenged the Lion, Ngwazi Dr. Kamuzu Banda. Do you think if this country was an Islamic state, Malawi would have been democratic today? You are cowards, that’s why you resort to suicide bombings to resolve the differences while the Catholic Bishops openly challenged mkango and shot it down – osayamika bwanji? Your women are now able to wear… Read more »
santana
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MAM is just straight forward. It is good that the reporter has written almost every reason why MAM says it is not necessary to go for PERETE. Since those commenting here are not giving facts to show that MAM is in the wrong I would ask PAC and the so called men of God to give facts to show that MAM is in the wrong. MAM is saying let us give dialogue a chance. MAM is saying people should be consulted first so that they have knowledge of what their MPs will be discussing. MAM says many demos were done… Read more »
Kasim
Guest

Dialog for how many times Santana ? Have you also eaten Scones, this is a constitutional issue its straight forward the idea for dialogue should therefore be laughed off if you want engage dialogue yourself with them.

Mhesha
Guest

You got a point Brother

Safari
Guest

I HAVE ALL ALONG KNOWN SHEHE BRIGHTON CHABULIKA AS A GUY WITHOUT PRINCIPLES.
BOLA APEDZA KANGACHEPE KUTI ADZIDYETSELA MITALA YAKE.
WHAT CHABULIKA AND IDRISSA MUHAMAD SHOULD KNOW IS THAT DAYS ARE NUMBERED. ALMOST ANTHU AMBIRI ARE SUPPORTING THE 50+1 , THE TWO OF YOU ARE NOT BECAUSE OF THOSE SCONES.

Mhesha
Guest

When u say “almost anthu ambiri ” ..what’s that???
Did you make a research??? It should be you and your Mulomole and Chingota.
MAM have clear facts that cannot be just trashed by anybody. Even the ECM have agreed to the fact that people haven’t been consulted as expected.

Safari
Guest

Alhomwenu ndi AMENE mukukana 50+1 chifukwa you already know kuti simungawine.
INFACT research is that atsogoleri achisilamu ambiri ngosapunzila , the likes of your SHEHE CHABULIKA ndi MUHAMAD Idrisa being the least educated chairman.
Yes, they’re eating SCONES, but for how long ?Once again, PEOPLE ARE watching !

akuka
Guest

Pac is jst a bunch of mcp aythersizers, greedy,power hungry,tribalists mixed with peodophile so called priests from the VATICAN organization

Yunus
Guest

MAM ndiye akhaulatu poti Government yagonja. Mumangodya ma scone pa zinthu za ziiiiiiii

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