Former Vice President Dr Cassim Chilumpha on Friday came out of cacoon when he made first appearance after long time of silence when he attended a spiritual retreat for Muslims being held in central region’s lakeshore district of Nkhotakota.
Speaking to Nyasa Times in an interview on the sidelines of the conference, Chilumpha, a devout Moslem, said the meeting will help to unite Muslim community.
“I am available but I cannot be everywhere,” said Chilumpha popularly known as Kaka, responding to a question why he has been out of public event.
Chilumpha, who served as Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota South for close to 20 years now, is seen as a man who leads a quiet and isolated life.
He is currently leading a political party called Assembly for Democracy and Development (ADD).
During the function President Peter Mutharika donated K3 million towards Itikaf International Conference which is taking place at Mpondagaga Primary School Grounds in the area of T/A Mphonde in Nkhotakota District from 30 August till 2 September, 2018.
Handingover the donation on behalf of Mutharika, the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Central Region Vice President Uladi Mussa said the President is aware that there will be alot of people at the conference hence the need to help with the logistics.
Mussa urged Moslem parents to send children for both secular and Arabic education.
He said it is good to embrace the conventional education so that the kids can grow into productive citizens.
“Our Moslem youths have lagged behind on issues of development because we have not done much on education,” noted Mussa a former Madrass teacher.
Mussa called religious co-existence and that Moslems should promote peace.
On his part. Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) representative Sheikh Mohammad Osman commended the President for the donation.
Senior sheikhs from Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar are also attending the Itikaf conference.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :