DPP makes official apology to Pope, Catholic Church

In what has become a mainstay of  ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gaffes, the party has made yet another capitulation by apologizing to the influential Catholic Church over remarks made against Pope Francis by one of it officials, Hophmally Makande, in Bangwe, Blantyre, last week.

Dausi: The statement was erroneous

Speaking to State controlled MBC on Tuesday, DPP spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, said the party would like to apologize to the Catholic Church and the Holy Father over the remarks.

Makande, a DPP deputy director of youth, said  Pope Francis should resign as head of the Catholic Church because of age.

He said this as he tried to contextualize  why President  Peter Mutharika, 79, cannot resign on account of old age (unless Pope Francis leads the way as he is older than Mutharika.

“Some of you are criticising and speaking bad that President Peter Mutharika is old… is the Pope a ten year-old… is the Pope a ten year-old? Between the Pope and Peter who is older? Isn’t it the Pope… why does he not resign then? I am not despising the church. But leave our President alone,” Makande told DPP supporters.

But DPP spokesman Dausi, a church going Catholic faithful who was at the rally but did not rebuke Makande, on Tuesday offered an apology on behalf of the party.

“The statement was erroneous and DPP does not condone such kind of behavior,” said Dausi.

Dausi said they will make sure Makande is disciplined.

“We cannot tolerate such attacks on nay individual, let alone the Holy Father,” he said.

Dausi, who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology, said the party will summon Makande to a disciplinary hearing over the issue.

He defednded teh part officials’ failure to immediately censure Makande at the rally, saying they were in a state of shock, hence, needed time to recover and consult.

But Dausi said Makande’s remarks were “retrogressive” and conceded they have dented the image of the party.

Makande  who joined the DPP after he ditched People’s Party which was founded by former President Joyce Banda and  had also a stint with defunt  National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which was formed by Brown Mpinganjira and UDF, has also withdrawn the statement and offered his apology too.

This is the fourth capitulation by the governing party and in as many weeks. Barely three weeks ago the party announced that it would pay back the K145 million it received from a businessesman Zameer Karim who is being accused of fraudulently obtain the funds from the Malawi Police a service.

This came after the party spent several weeks denying it ever received the funds before later accepting it did receive the money while vehemently rejecting calls to give it back, saying it was a donation made in good faith.

The DPP recently also apologised   after its  eastern region governor, Julius Paipi, made awkward remarks against Muslims when he described Islam as a religion of violence.

On Monday, this week, the DPP government chickened out of a court case when sought discontinuous in a case where it had arrested a Malawian-born US citizen, Manice Hale over charges of insulting the president.

The action was met by swift US reaction where it demanded answers from the government which led to the government dropping the charges.

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Kholowa
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Kholowa

A Dausi be honnest you were not in shock but you have seen that it is backfiring now you have been connered. If you dont condone rubbish why did you not also offer apology to this woman kaliati? Catholic church is almost half of all christians in malawi nde mwaona kuti kwatentha apumbwa inu kumeneku. Mukunya muona they are now mobilising themselves atulutsa kalata boycott DPP! MWINA NEXT SUNDAY

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

This is like having a CHEATING SPOUSE, who constantly engages in illicit affairs then subsequently comes to apologise, “pepani akazi/ amuna anga”. Where is the sincerity of such apologies?
Limakhala bodza! That spouse in an abuser and the only solution to such abusive relationships is DIVORCE!
The remedy of such gross transgressions and resultant FAKE APOLOGIES is to get RID of this DPP-led government.
SHAME!!!

ndadabwa
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nanga akugonawo akuti chani. you are indeed a bunch of fools. you are pulling down our president. peter ndi munthu wabwino wanzeru koma anthu inu ambuzi

ndadabwa
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kupepela a makande. a Pete Mutharika, I told you that you are surrounded by stupid people like the makande, dausi, chaponda, Jeffery. anthu amenewa adzingokupalamulitsani. ndipo ine ndikavotera chipani china chifukwa cha anthu amenewa. mahule komanso mbala. bwana achotseni anthu amenewa akuononga chipani

CitizenX
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CitizenX

DPP chipani cha anthu opanda zeru, look at all the stupid mistakes these guys keep making we are now tired every day they have to do something stupid, no wonder malawi is the poorest because of these fools in govt. its time for for fresh young brains to take over UTM MOTO.

Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

Indeed of late there have been a lot apologising and court case withdraws some of them unnecessary which makes me wonder whether this is been done deliberately by some of its DPP officials, police, judiciary, ACB, etc, to embaras the president and the DPP. I will not cite cases but remember that current USA president Donald Trump was been demonized left right and centre, day in day out during the campaign but he defied all odds to emerging a surprise winner. When choosing a leader God doesn’t look at the outward appearance like being prayerful, youthful, handsome, etc no, God… Read more »

Igwe
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Igwe

How come He gave us this thief????

Mr. Ibu
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But God can not lead his people to chose mbava for president in the name of Mr. Ibu. Do not play with God’s name.

Bystander
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Bystander

DPP cannot apologise to the Pontiff. That an insult. Government knows the protocols. You have Ty he Papal Pronuncio in Lusaka. That’s the one to apologise through. Dausi himself is not the person to do that.

mbadwa
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mbadwa

which protocal .as long as weve apologise we have apologise .osakulisapo nkhani apa.to error is human and forgiveness is from the almighty father

Oracle
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Oracle

Dope? Or Pope… he ain’t a god. Y’all should stop blowing this bullshit out of proportion

Silica gell
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I have every reason to believe that God will reward you APM and DPP a victory for your statesmanship by apologising to the society where you feel you have been misunderstood, or where the society chooses to twist the intention of your presentation. You accept to look a fool in the eyes of man but to God you are not. I recall APM was called Prince of thieves by a certain opposition leader, DPP cried against the remarks but no body cared in all other players about the injury You felt against the remarks. You did however forgive and forget.… Read more »

Jigidi Jaba
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Jigidi Jaba

But is APM not a Prince of Thieves? If Yes Prove it.

pathfinder
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pathfinder

Jigidi manyi ako. Isn’t pope older than peter? How stupid are you?

Chief
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Chief

Is APM a Prince of Thieves? If no Prove it.

Vison
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Vison

He is prince of thieves period.

From Likoma
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From Likoma

@ Silica
But you defended makande on the same forum that there was nothing wrong with the statement. What are you thanking mutharika for ?. You see this is the very reason why we say you are chicken brain. You think everything and anything that DPP or mutharika does is right. Anyway that is what sycophants are there for.

Shaka
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Shaka

Silica gell, only one from the royal creed can withdraw 145mk. Malawi is worse off today because of factually deaf supporters like you.

Nzika ya Malawi
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Nzika ya Malawi

DPP iphunzire kuganiza isanachite kanthu komanso kumadzudzula nthawi yomweyo mmalo moombera mmanja zinthu zolakwika. Kuombera mmanjako kunasonyeza kugwirizana nazo. Kusali kuti ena akudzudzulani simukanapepesa. Ukakwera pamsana pa njovu usamati kulibe mame

Namalomba Fredrick
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Namalomba Fredrick

Aganiza bwanji ngati ali ndi nzeru, nkhalamba zokhazokha

NyasaMana
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NyasaMana

Gaffe prone DPP; that is what they are good at. DPP cannot govern.

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