CCAP Nkhoma Synod issues pastoral letter, dismayed with governance deterioration and poor leadership

Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has faulted the Peter Mutharika administration for the deterioration of governance in the country and a myriad of social-economic ills.

Pastoral letter read out in its churches

In a hard-hitting Pastoral Letter read out in its churches on Sunday says tribalism, nepotism and regionalism is still rampant as recruitment of employees and award of contracts in the public institutions is based on tribe, ethnicity and personal relationship with the ruling elite notwithstanding their qualifications and competences.

“This results in substandard works being done on roads and bridges that are easily washed away like the Mchesi bridge in the city of Lilongwe and the Linthipe 1 to Thete road,” says the letter in part.

The pastoral letter says leaders are serving their own personal interests or interests of their cronies other than of Malawians.

The Synod  also says the clergy are greatly saddened that corruption has persistently continued, despite numerous calls from the faith based, civil society organisations and the opposition political parties to arrest the vice.

“It is being institutionalized at all levels in all ministries, departments and agencies without the leadership demonstration of political will in action. The numerous unresolved corruption cases attest to this fact,” says the pastoral letter.

The pastoral letter cites the food ration gate; the K145 million scandal which shamefully involved president Peter Mutharika, Pioneer Investment and the police as an example of endemic corruption.

The pastoral letter also gives as examples of endemic corruption the K37 billion tractor gate, Escom’s K 3.7 billion fuel gate, the maize gate, the OPC K29 billion gate in which the suspicious money was released from OPC to Green Belt Trust.

The pastoral letter also cites the K4.4 billion allowance and fuel gate in which K4.4 billion in allowances on trips which officials never undertook and fuel which was never bought as examples of the corruption.

Others include the K53 billion Escom gate, the Immigration uniform gate where one shirt is bought at K700, 000, genset gate, K444 million Foreign Affairs gate.

“All these under the watchful eyes of the current administration and its machinery,” says the pastioral letter.

The pastoral letter says it is immoral, unthinkable and unreasonable for any sane person to believe that things are normal when Malawians are languishing with poverty.

When contacted, Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Henry Mussa, who is also the official government spokesperson, said he had not seen or read the letter.

The predominantly Central Region-based church urged over one million of its faithful to pray to God to protect their faith and guide them in choosing leaders who will improve their lives in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Nkhoma Synod is part of the CCAP General Synod which also comprises Blantyre Synod and Livingstonia Synod in Malawi and Harare and Lusaka synods.

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corrupt pharises
1 year ago

they are critisizing APM of corruption and yet they themselves have stoop so low to get corrupted to write shit campaigning for their customers. they are talking of nepotisn and yet they are demonstrating it by only attacking candidates who are not from their region. is simbi phiri a lhomwe? what about plem costruction, terestone, group 5, mota engel etc. why releasing this trash called a pastal letter now when we are only remaining with few weeks to polls? chakwera is an autocrat who scared away nkholokolos and is shielding a bunch of cashgate mafias why not attacking him? his… Read more »

Nalingula
Nalingula
1 year ago

Let’s Calm Down.This Pastoral itopita kwa Akhristu akufuna kwabwino a Nkhoma Synod.Amene ali pa Ballot ndi Chakwera,Chilima ,Muluzi ndi Muntharika.Aunikeni Ameneo.Ansembe Ena Akamatotiuza kuti Tikavotere Mkatolika Does that mean kuti Tonse Tikavotera Mkatolika?Chimodzimodzi Apa .Anthu Ena mu Nkhomamo atodya Nayo DPP bwino …Akayivotera.Koma Zilembedwazo ndi Zoona Ngati mwakwiya mmm ….Zidabweni Nokha.

PHANANA
PHANANA
1 year ago

A nkhoma synod sakunama ndipo sakulakwitsa

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
1 year ago

Inu a Nkhoma synod Chakwera wanuyo is in bed with Joyce Banda a well known thief! Izinso nde ayi. Only Chilima can change things pa Malawi pano.

Ndamera
1 year ago

Can the Synod make the following factual corrections in their letter,
1. Issa Njaunju (MHSRIP) was not deputy director of ACB. He was director of corporate affairs
2. The shirts at immigration were trading at 100T while belts were sold at 70T. These are inflated prices but the 700T mentioned in the pastoral letter is an exegeration by the church
3. All parties were involved in the tractor gate as the case is in the SA waterway.

mbanandi
mbanandi
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndamera

I dont think the designation of Njaunju makes any difference as long as the murder took place and the investigations were not done which is stated in the letter.
the prices of the items were inflated regardless which is an issue that needed addressing and smacks theft and wanton corruption
Even if all the parties were involved the party in government could have stopped it but this shows they were the archtects of the whole deal.

Kondwani
Kondwani
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndamera

I dont think what your sentiments changes the fact that the referred to situation as bad. The gist of the matter is there is a general bad governance

Fredrick Sakala
Fredrick Sakala
1 year ago

Peter wagwa 21,may,2019,CHILIMA will take over,Chakwera remain opposition leader of the house

CitizenX
CitizenX
1 year ago

a Chakwera shouldnt even be the leader of opposition because even there he has FAILED MALAWIANS, Chilima is the onenow doing chakweras job as the leader of opposition

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

Achipeta a Nkhomw Synod inuuuuu….. atumbuka ndi omwe adayambitsa. EMUSIPI iri M’boma only promoted achipeta civil servants. It is better now.

James
James
1 year ago

Baba yankhulani ngati muli ndi ubongo……nkhani masiku ano ndi yothetsa nepotism coz taona kuti ndiyosathindiza. Inu mukuchitapo chani? Kupatula kumangolankhula zinthu zomwe zinachitika ma 60s 70s 80s mwina 90s. Pano tili mu 2000s and generation yathu sitikufuna nepotism, tribalism and regionalism. Utumbuka, u lomwe, u Yao, u sena kaya u ngoni….suyendetsa dziko koma munthu. Taona kale ena akokelana mtundu koma dziko lawalephera kuyendetsa………ife tikufuna munthu ali capable osati mtundu. Nde ngati bwana mulibe zolemba pena kuwerenga zomwe alemba azanu ndi bwino. Coz zawonetsa kuti inu muli ndi nzeru zonyoza munthu wakuda zanu koma kugwadila mzungu. Zinthani maganizidwe and yambani kukoza… Read more »

Belekanyama
Belekanyama
1 year ago

A very simplistic but well articulated letter. It raises factual issues most of which have already been on the public domain. Well done CCAP clergy.

Mmora Muroma
Mmora Muroma
1 year ago

On the characters of a good leader, non of the current aspiring presidential candidates fit the requirements, honestly.
I repeat non fits.

Bridget
1 year ago

There is nothing new in this so called pastoral letter. These letters must communicate clearly the intention of the church but zomalemba mwandalezinso, its a waste of time

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