Clergy pray for People's Party to unlock ‘hidden potentials’

At exactly 2:55 pm, newly registered People’s Party (PP) president Joyce Banda and her husband former Chief Justice Richard Banda, stepped their feet into KCC Hall in Chigumula Township, Blantyre, to be part of a special service of worship organized for the party on Friday.

PP is set for official launch at Nyambadwe Lions Primary School Lower Ground in the city on Saturday.

The special prayers officiated by members of the clergy from CCAP, the Assemblies of God, Anglican, Living Waters, the Kingdom Glory and other Churches, including Prophetess Winly Dlamini from Swaziland, were meant to seek God’s guidance and blessings for the PP and its leaders as they embark on their political journey.

The Clergy also prayed for Joyce Banda, who is also state vice president, that God gives her wisdom and foresight as she leads the PP; they prayed for peace and unity for Malawi; and that the executive members of the PP hold on to the party, with unquestionable loyalty .

Bless you: Reverend Kadawati greeting Vice President Joyce Banda

Basing their sermons on Chichewa and English Bible readings from the Book of Matthew chapter 16 verses 13—20, Bishop Gift Chaula of the Kingdom Glory Ministries and Reverend Father Goodson Chipapala, respectively, prayed that the People’s Party be built on the solid rock, which is Jesus Christ.

They said that Jesus Christ had given one of His Disciples, Simon Peter keys to unlock and close the Heavens and that they also hoped the new party would have the keys to unlock “hidden national potentials in Malawi”.

Speaking before the sermons started, PP’s secretary general Henry Chibwana disclosed that Banda had personally requested that special prayers be conducted so that she together with her husband and the executive committee of PP  take time to thank the Almighty God for what He has done and continue to do in her life and that of her entire family.

He said on the threshold of the launch of the PP, “the party that is premised on good things” it was the VP’s wisdom that culminated in the calling for “this August gathering.”

Among the executive committee members that attended the function included PP treasurer general, Brown Mpinganjira, PP director of religious affairs Rev. Malani Mtonga, who was coordinator of the special prayers and master of ceremonies, Dr. Jerry Jana, among others.

Rodrick Chikasa, Adam Salamu and Action Mwaona attended as members of the “external wing” of the PP.

Shyly Kondowe, former secretary general of the Malawi Democratic Party (MDP) and a fierce critic for one-party dictatorship in the 1990s and the outgoing Blantyre Synod General Secretary, Reverend McDonald Kadawati, were also in attendance.

The Ndirande Anglican Voices, Chipululu Choir, Princess Chitsulo and Kingdom Glory Praise Team dished out melodious spiritual songs.

“The prayers were in line with our adopted “Umunthu” philosophy.

“You can not practice “Umunthu” if you do not follow Jesus who encourages us to love one another,” remarked the party’s publicity secretary, Stephen Mwenye at the end of the function.

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