DPP’s Makande offers apology for remarks on Pope: ‘I am sorry to Catholic Church’

The deputy director of youth in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Hophmally Makande has bowed to pressure and offered an apology after he was accused of making disparaging remarks against the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

Makande:I am sorry and I withdraw my statement

Makande courted controversy when he told a rally on Sunday that the DPP will not heed calls for  President Peter Mutharika to step down in account of old age unless the pontiff  leads the way.

Catholic faithfuls contended the reference was not appropriate and disrespectful to the Pontiff who, unlike Mutharika, is not seeking a new term.

Makande remarks were aired live on Times Radio and Television during the rally.

And on Tuesday he rushed to Times Radio to offer his apology.

“I apologise to the Catholic family and the leadership of the  Church,” Makande told Times Radio.

He said if people were offended by his statement,  especially people of the Catholic  faith, “I have to withdraw that statement and apologise  wholeheartedly to the Catholic and its leadership.”

However, Makande attempted to clarify that it was not his intention to attack the influential church, saying he was misunderstood.

“I am a trained Catholic not a Catholic per se by I was schooled by the Catholics and I understand and I know what I meant on that one  was Catholic is the possibly the only church which grooms leadership, which trains people, which understand power. And if there is any church to follow, to emulate and take as an example is the Catholic, that’s what I meant,” Makande said.

He continued: ‘That you become a father in the Catholic society, you cannot be a bishop after serving for four years, you got to be groomed, you got to be trained, you got to be put whatsoever so that as you reach maturity you understand what is a church. So that politicians should what, borrow.

“No that I was despising no. There is no way I can disrespect the church and I even said at the end that sindikunyoza church.”

Some officials of the DPP denounced  the comments by Makande at the rally as “unacceptable, deeply disturbing”.

Makande is a recent DPP new comer  from the then ruling People’s Party (PP). He made his political fortunes as a UDF operative during that party’s reign before joining the now defunct National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which was formed by another current DPP new comer, Brown Mpinganjira.

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SINGINI
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SINGINI

Mr Makande akugweseni ndi Ralph Jooma pa u MP mukufuna kuimirawo

Nzika ya Malawi
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Nzika ya Malawi

Kuyankhula moyerekedwa kuti akutame akupatse udindo. Munthu wamkulu kumangoyankhula wosaganiza ngati woduka mutu? Mukutionongera ana m’Malawi muno as akumatengera zopusazo kuyesa ndi zabwino poti wayankhula ndi wamkulu, wanzeru zake osadziwa kuti anthu ena anangokula koma mmutu mutadzaza nkhono ndi a bongololo

George Roka
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George Roka

Kuchita kumutukwana papa zamkabudula!!. Palibe zopepesa..apumbwa mwatinyansa! Mkatolika aliyense pano agula legeni yokupherani. Makande ndayamba kukufinyira kolona ndi novena.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Like all Pumbwas in real life they become so crazy, noisy and overzealous when their bellies are full ndi ZIPWETE!!!. Answer ndi legeni basi.

BigMan
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BigMan

Is the Pope a man or God? Makande has apologised, lets move on.

Concerned citizen
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Is history repeating itself? But this time it is worse, totally unacceptable. You must respect His Holiness.

You senior politicians have a responsibility to ensure our mother Malawi is not brought into disrepute by myopic people such as these.

Kumzy
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Kumzy

Phuma and now u luk stupid. Be wise on the pondium.

ndele
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ndele

kkkk dzana munamanga abiti manesi popanda cifukwa. lelo mwabweretsa cipukwano colankhula ngati cipkwano. mungolakwatsilalakwitsila- mutu ngati kaimbi/ cipwete makande kkkkkkkkk
moto kuti buuuuu. motoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
uku nde kuziputa za mu mn;goma njuchi. hedeeeee kulankhula ngati waneru kucita kusasa nazo mau ngati afuna kubhibha. mxiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

ndele
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ndele

mxiii kucenjera kwautsilu kudukulitsa mpando wa ku DPP, aloma anakuphuzisa, sindiziwa kaya ndiwe wa loma, uli ndi mwai unabera malo a skool a mwana wa cikatolika. ncifukwa cake eni a ciloma amakondesesa ana a cikatolika ku ma skool ao kaamba amaphuzilakoso za ulemu. citsilu comwa madzi ametela. MAKANDE KUNYASA NGATI DOTHI LA MAKANDE. CITSILU TIKUNYAPULA NDI KUCENJERA NGATI UKUFUNA KUKODZA.
APA YATHA DPP BASI.

mtete
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mtete

Please strive to articulate to the electroplate issues which can transform their lives and not trivia as you did. You appear to be a grown up person; not a spoilt youth like the hooligan Mchacha who thinks spitting vitriol pleases his audience

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