Chakwera snubs presidential prayers at State House: Atupele sends apologies

Former main opposition in parliament, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says it will not take part in peace prayers which have been organized by pro ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) clergy at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Atupele Muluzi (L) and Chakwera: Will not attend Presidential Prayer Breakfast at State House

MCP presidential candidate Lazurus Chakwera, United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi  and UTM Party hopeful Saulos Chilima attended prayers for peace organised by Public Affairs Committee (PAC) last week where President Peter Mutharika shunned the prayers.

The Presidential Prayer Breakfast on Thursday  have been organised by several Christian churches, including Pentecostal Revival Crusade Ministries, Calvary Family Church, Agape Life Church, Charismatic Redeemed Ministries International, Malawi Assemblies of God and Living Waters Church.

But spokesperson for MCP, Reverend  Maurice Munthali said the party president Chakwera already attended peace prayers organized by quasi-religious body, PAC.

“You might wish to know that the MCP fully participated in peace prayers organized by PAC and signed the peace accord,” said Munthali.

Meanwhile,  UDF’s Muluyzi has send apologies that he will not be bale to attend the prayers at Kamuzu Palace.

UDF secretary general Kandi Padambos ssaid Muluzi “appreciate the importance “ of the prayers but  will not be able to attend due to the fact that he had already prearranged activities in the Northern Region “which cannot be postponed further.”

Muluzi will delegate Padambo to the prayers.

Presidential candidates for UTM, Umodzi Party UP) and Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) say they have tight schedules which will not allow them to attend the prayers.

The Presidential Prayer Breakfast have been organized by sympathisers of DPP and on the forefront is  convener Apostle Madalitso Mbewe.

Organising secretary of the prayers Connex Kaduma said the prayers are meant to ease tension ahead of the election.

“In 1994 and 2004, there was a lot of tension ahead of the elections just as is the case in 2019, this is why we have organized these peace breakfast prayers,” said Kaduma.

However, the opposition say they have problems with the prayers being held at Kamuzu Palace, the official residence of Mutharika.

Ironically, the President will be the guest of honour at the prayers in his backyard.

Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) executive director Rafiq Hajat and University of Livingstonia (Unilia) political scientist George Phiri also questioned the rationale of having separate national prayers at a restricted place, considering that they should be meant for all people in the country.

They argued that Presidential Prayer Breakfast should have been held at a neutral venue where people from all walks of life would avail themselves.

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Duli
Duli
2 years ago

Mbusa wathawadi njia ya uzima. Mpaka pecheee, kuthawa mapepemphero? No wonder he is replete with a fake accent.

CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
2 years ago

An endorsement exercise in futility. The prayer gathering was conspicuous for its select priests whose long tongues were out to lick DPP boots. These church ministers are professional beggars. Even South Africans have sold their sold their soul to DPP. Malawi has adequate space for all now arrogance has a big niche in the parallel paupers meeting done in the name of breakfast prayers. Malasa praying for our politicians a crazy joke!

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
2 years ago

Thumbs up opposition parties for snubbing this meeting with evil intent.
In fact it’s a congregation of thieves. Most pentecostal pastors are thieves that is why they always preach prosperity. They are meeting brothers in arms, DPP thieving politicians. Birds of the same feathers.
Mbewe and Ndovie are firthy rich from money they steal from congregants, so too are DPP stealers.

Sangabere
Sangabere
2 years ago

These so called breakfast prayers is a nosense. This is what was already done with PAC at BICC where Peter did not go. Peter himself has not been attending debates organised by journalists in the country. Every one knows tha Madalitso Mbewe is a DPP diehard and wants to cover his stupid dude. I wish all other party leaders did not go to the Mbewe quas DPP prayers.

Silica gell
2 years ago

I like this. Sakakamizana malo okapemphela kapena okupemphelela. The Spirit of APM has shown him that this is the best setup that he can commit himself to God.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba K145 million Mwaba

Bwerani ndithu mwina nkukawonerako healing a manja alemedwa aja. Mwina mawu a nkhalamba asintha. Mwinanso apempherera banja la APM kukhale mwana. Blake lija. Mwina amachita matsenga owinira visankho a Mbewe.

Fredrick Sakala
Fredrick Sakala
2 years ago

Someone will die that dinner pliz good idea 4 opposition party leaders

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba K145 million Mwaba

You clearly say this is pro-dpp and you expect Chakwera and Saulosi to attend. Nikisi There’s is Norman Chisale whose wife has just been implicated in the death of Buleya. The old man has been ducking debates and recently held players organised by PAC. The irony is that Nkhoma Synod issues a pastoral letter and didn’t even mention that it endorsed Chakwera but Henry Nissan and MBC were all over attacking the Synod. The false prophet Mbewe must be openly condemned for choosing a very wrong venue. Mulungu sangadalitse this work of devils. Why is Mbewe siding with the devil… Read more »

Truth
Truth
2 years ago

Apostle Madalitso Mbewe is of Calvary family church and he is the one organising this not Prophet David F. Mbewe. Get your facts straight.

Wiseman
Wiseman
2 years ago

What kind of reporters are we bleeding in Malawi. Tell us whether SKC will attend or not

DAVID MWESO
DAVID MWESO
2 years ago
Reply to  Wiseman

Please read to understand. The reporter has clearly said that UTM and Bakuwaku will not attend.

pearson
2 years ago

The venue is not good

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