CCAP Nkhoma attacks Mutharika for causing Malawi suffering

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has been accused by the Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) for being responsible for the suffering of Malawians due to the worst economic turmoil.

The Synod issued a scathing attack on Mutharika’s government through a Pastoral Letter read in all its churches on Sunday

According to the letter signed by Synod Moderator Reverend Vasco Kachipapa and Church Clerk Reverend Brian Kamwendo, Mutharika is to blame for abuse of power and doing little to alleviate the suffering of millions.

The church which has a large following in central Malawi also accused the government of corruption, nepotism and political violence perpetrated by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Mutharika: Responsible for Malawi suffering, says CCAP church

Corruption

“We have to pray that Government should not entice our traditional chiefs with material gifts into party politics and use them to propagate any political agenda of the Government,” reads the letter denouncing corruption.

“They are Leaders of all people, with different political affiliation. Traditional leaders deserve their natural respect acquired by birth.”

Titled ‘Exercising our Faith through Prayer, In Our Time, In Our Nation,’ Nkhoma Synod letter noted that corruption was rampant in Malawi and that there were unbalance economic opportunities.

“We have to pray against corruption that has penetrated every section of life in our land. It is an evil that has ruined our society and needs to be addressed by us as Malawians. Christians should at all cost join the fight against corruption,” it said.

Nepotism

The Church also blasted the Mutharika government of practising naked nepotism.

“We have to pray for the State President and his cabinet for their health to govern this nation with sober minds and concern for all Malawians without bias along tribal, regional and political party affiliation lines.

“People occupying senior public positions should be appointed only on merit.”

Rev Saka: Reading the letter

The Church also noted with sadness that Mutharika’s party officials are “openly declaring that contracts should be awarded only to the ruling party members.”

The CCAP Nkhoma Synod also bemoaned the ‘nepotistic’ decision by the Mutharika government to snatch the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology and the national stadium project from central region to be built in Thyolo, the homes district of Mutharika and Blantyre in the south, respectively.

“We need to pray against such poor and selfish decisions by Government,” said the Church in the latter.

Violence

The Church also asked for prayers against acts of political violence “ascribed by some party youth wings.”

They also asked to “pray against unprofessional execution of duties by some members of the Malawi Police Service on handling demonstrations. Using live ammunition during peaceful demonstrations of July 20, 2011 on the ordinary citizens and the killing of some [19] is a shame to Government.”

The Good

There were highlight of positive things the Church noted in its Pastoral letter.

It noted that “Unlike many countries in Africa, Malawi has never been at physical war internally or externally.”

The letter also said Malawians are “free to belong to any political party of their choice.

The letters concludes by saying: “While we undergo the pains and afflictions of this life caused by social imbalances and injustices, we are liberated through the suffering, death and resurrection of our Master Jesus Christ. Earthly Governments come and go but heavenly Government in which we put our faith will never come an end.”

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