Chihana urges Malawi churches to pray for peaceful 2014 polls

Minister of Sports and Youth , Enock Chihana has urged the faith leaders to pray for peaceful elections scheduled for next year.

Malawi will for the first time hold three-tier elections – presidential, parliamentary and local government  – set for May next year.

Speaking at St John Calvin CCAP church on Sunday during the Easter prayers, Chihana, who is also Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) national chairperson said the church need to steadfastly pray for politicians to work towards peace building ahead of the elections.

Chihana said the events ahead will be competitive and can be bloody as politicians will aim to outdo one another.

Chihana: Let us pray
Chihana: Let us pray

”This calls for the church to be vigilant in prayer and ensure that Malawi conducts peaceful elections in 2014,” he said.

He appealed to Christians to pray for God’s will to be done before, during and after the elections.

”Politicians from all walks of life will come even in churches making promises of development but we need you men of God to pray for us and lead the people to choosing people who are development conscious,” said Chihana.

He said the church has contributed significantly towards the country’s democratization and political pluralism.

Chihana urged Malawians to maintain peace to ensure democracy prevails in order to shape Malawi’s destiny which he noted “is big than any individual”.

During the prayers, Chihana donated K100, 000 towards the construction of a new St John Calvin CCAP prayer house.

In his homily, St John Calvin church parish minister Rev I.V Gondwe said Malawians regardless of their social status need to learn to forgive one another and foster peace and unity amongst themselves.

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