CCAP to officiate Mutharika’s wedding: Mukhito says it’s all systems go

State House has downplayed assertions that there is resistance from Pastors of the Blantyre Synod of the CCAP church to officiate President Peter Mutharika wedding with a former parliamentarian Gertrude Maseko on June 2.

Reports were rife that the clergy are not comfortable to bless Mutharika’s wedding as doing so is going against church’s standing orders on marriage.

Some of the Blantyre Synod members were reportedly against the time frame in which the announcement for the wedding has been made.

 Mutharika and Maseko: Set to have a wedding reception in Thyolo
Mutharika and Maseko: Set to have a wedding reception in Thyolo

According to the CCAP church, there has to be four weeks of announcing in church before the actual date and the person should be a regular Christian.

But State House chief of staff who is also in the organising committee of the wedding, Peter Mukhitho has disclosed that the Synod has given an okay to bless the wedding, waving the Church’s established procedures on marriage…

Mukhitho told Zodiak Radio that the one who is coordinating issues with the office of Blantyre Synod through Rev. Billy Gama has already finalized everything and that there is no any standing issue.

“Be assured all is set for the wedding,” said Mukhitho.

Mukhito stressed that “it’s all system go” for the blessing of the wedding for Mutharika and his confidante Maseko at St Michael and All Angels Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Blantyre as announced by the organizers on June 21.

He maintained that “the private ceremony” to celebrate the wedding will take place at his home village in Thyolo.

Mutharika, a 74-year-old widower for 30 years, was sworn in as the president of Malawi on June 1.

Maseko was a parliamentarian from 2009 to 2014 and failed to retain the seat in the just ended elections.

President Mutharika is yet to announce his Cabinet.

He will be the third president to wed in office. Former President Bakili Muluzi married in office after divorcing his wife Anne.

The late President Bingu wa Mutharika also married while in office after his first wife Ethel died.

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