CCJP urges against tribal voting: ‘Malawi needs a game changer’

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), a grouping of eight Catholic Diocese in Malawi, has stressed that Malawians should desist from voting along tribal and  regional lines if the Country is  elect leaders who can register   economic and social transformation after the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Father Katumbi (left) and is Msimuko

According to ECM’s analysis,  Malawi is in times that demand sustained positive anger among the electorate and a change from traditional voting patterns to voting that is focused on choosing a God-fearing leader  who can be entrusted to transform the Country from being the third poorest Country in the world to a developing Nation.

Speaking during  a Media Stakeholder’s Meeting held at Mpatso Motel in Mzuzu on Tuesday Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace  Cordinator  Arnold Msimuko called for  on the media to take a role in ensuring that the public in sensitized to make a wise voting choice during the Tripartite Elections.

Msimuko explained that  is the appropriate time for Malawi  to united and vote against corrupt leaders and choose who among the four presidential candidates; incumbent President Peter Mutharika (DPP),  UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima, UDF presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi and MCP’s Lazarus Chakwera is Malawi’s game changer.

“It is our responsibility therefore to collectively  stand-up  and hold our duty bearers accountable. Curbing corruption which is robbing our development  is our collective responsibility  and time for action is now. We should stop clapping hands  for leaders who are abusing  our limited resources for their  personal enrichment.

“Voting wisely is our obligation. We need to vote wisely because Malawi needs a game changer.  As we go to vote,  let’s not vote for  candidates who comes from our Area or those who comes from our Party. Let’s look at the need of the Nation.  We should seriously reflect as to whom amongst our crop would be the leader to liberate our Mother Malawi,” Msimuko said.

Without endorsing a particular candidate,  Msimuko said that Malawians need  to have a mindset change to adopt a more aggressive approach  to be able to avoid  voting for corrupt leaders. He further called on all registers voters to ensure that they cast their vote to choose transformational leaders.

And echoing Msimuko’s remarks, Diocesan Secretary Father Amos Katumbi  further urged Malawians  to vote for a  president who is  “God-fearing”  and respects human values  and faith values.

According to some political commentators, factors such as the choice of running mates and new entrants in  the  May 21 Tripartite Elections are expected cause a shift   in  the traditional  regional voting  trends  across Malawi.

However, Malawi’s choice of leaders will only be decided by voting in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

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