For the first time in centuries, the Catholic Church and Protestant Churches in Malawi have formed a united front against a common enemy, proponents of same sex marriages and wanton abortion as momentum gathers for the planned public protest match by all the faithfuls of the two groupings next Tuesday, December 6.
In a communiqué by the Nkhoma Synod of the CCAP read in all its churches last Sunday, November 27, the General Secretary, Rev. Vasco Kachipapa urges all Nkhoma Synod members to prepare for the big event to show the country and the world at large that they cannot accept any law that goes against the Biblical teachingssuch as legalizing same sex marriages and abortion.
The letter say: “All churches under the Evangelical Association of Malawi and the Catholic Church have agreed to take action by holding country wide peaceful demonstrations to urge Members of Parliament not to pass any legislation on same sex marriages and abortion.”
Kachipapa emphasizes that the matches will be peaceful and the police will provide security to ensure that no confusionists partake in the activity consequently members need not worry about any security issues; as such they have to come out in their large numbers.
A few days ago, CEDEP executive member, MacDonald Sembereka,speaking to media, expressed his organization’s worry about the activities of the churches in Malawi which he claimed are oppressing rights of these minority groups in the country.
He said abortion is killing many women who practice unsafe abortion because they have no where to go for a safe abortion in Malawi when they accidentally fall pregnant, possibly through rape and other circumstances because the law prohibits medical practitioners to carry out any abortion unless on prescribed life threatening circumstances.
A random survey by the Lilongwe News Agency in the Catholic and Protestant Churches shows that the members are ready to take to the streets and analysts believe it will be one of the biggest church mobilizations of recent times which will send a clear signal to campaigners that their chance of success in this matter may not be easy.
Government has been on the fence on the issue trying to please rights campaigners and the donor community on one hand while on the other avoiding a collision with the church which is dangerous as the church commands a large following.