Evangelical Association says Malawi sliding back to bad governance

The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM)- an umbrella church mother body of 68 church denominations and 58 Christian organisations- has said Malawi is sliding back to bad governance a situation which has been further worsened by the lack of decisive, leadership at all levels.

Rev Msangaambe: Signed the pastoral letter

In a pastoral letter titled “A call for decisive, ethical, selfless and transformational leadership in Malawi” issued on June 14 2018 and expected to be read in all its member church denominations and Christian organisations during Sunday service, EAM observes that while there have been some few promising signs in as far as improving the state of democratic governance in the country is concerned, there have also been some gaps.

“The overall picture, however, seems to be mostly negative in the sense that Malawi is sliding back to bad governance,” reads the letter in part.

”The situation is further worsened by the lack of decisive, ethical and selfish transformative leadership in strategic positions of authority and influence at all levels in our country. We encourage the church and all Malawians to continue practicing active and responsible citizenship. We should all demand accountability of duty bearers at all levels to ensure that the issues raised herein are addressed”, reads the pastoral letter signed by Rev. Dr. Chatha Msangaambe (EAM Board Chairperson) and Rev. Francis Mkandawire (EAM General Secretary).

Amongst the critical issues the pastoral letter addresses include the fight against corruption, access to information law, deteriorating public services in health and education, tribalism and nepotism, electoral reforms, the biasness of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, protection of persons with albinism, political violence and intimidation amongst others.

“We commend the current government for ensuring that the Access to Information legislation is enacted and assented to. However, the continued delay to operationalise it is a source of concern. It is in this regard that we urge the government through the Minister of Information to fully support the Malawi Human Rights Commission, which is responsible for the implementation of this Bill in ensuring that all necessary measures including the guidelines are put in place,” reads part of the pastoral letter.

However, the pastoral letter commends efforts on the protection of persons with albinisms including the development of the National Action Plan and further calls on government to translate this strategy into action in view of the continued killings of persons with albinism

“EAM applauds the security agencies for the recent arrests of people implicated in the killings of persons with albinisms. We appeal to our judiciary and all the relevant security arms of our Government to expeditiously deal with these cases in our courts in the best interest of justice” said EAM in the pastoral letter.

The Pastoral letter also urges its members to remain prayerful; participate in political and public space; and also exercise the spirit of patriotism and self-sacrifice if Malawi is to realise its development aspirations.

“We call Malawians to lover their country and be ready to sacrifice for the sake of the common good. However, this spirit of patriotism as demonstrated by our founding political leaders is seriously lacking. The consequences have manifested in many ways through increasing levels of corruption, nepotism, politically motivated violence, and destruction of public infrastructure”, reads part of the letter.

In relation to 2019 Tripartite elections, the pastoral letter also cautions EAM members against abusing Scriptures or the gift of prophecy with a view of getting favours from politicians.

“We charge all member clergy to remain nonpartisan, and not allow themselves to be used or influenced by politicians and their agent.”

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Bandawe.
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Bandawe.

We are tired of churches interfering in politics.

Mcmore salima
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Mcmore salima

So if not the church which one do you want? Bars and bottlestores?
Dont you know that you are refusing God?
Blessed is a nation whose Jehovah is the Lord.
Its a high time for the church to arise and run the givernment.
We are tired to be ruled by childern of darkness who dont know God like you.
2019 will have 80% born again members of parliament with a pastor as a president.
Mark my word

Omex70
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Omex70

Mcmore Salima, I like your reasoning. Crooks and narrow minded people think that the Church should not take part in the running of the country. That’s a big miskate to think like that.

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Asatinyase amenewa. Nkhoma synod displayed the worst governance in the world. Just go to Robert Blake and see how this man and his disciples have destroyed the school. They must stop criticizing nepotism forth with. Robert Blake once renown as the Centre of excellence is now full of dull Nkhoma synod pastor’s children. Please for once shut up, no one needs your rubbish document.

Omex70
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Omex70

Brabo EAM for the pastoral letter! I can’t to read it our church. Please make sure that this letter reaches all church members so that we can read it.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Typical of CADETS. When something is for them it’s good BUT when it’s not it bad. Pastoral letters have been neutral all along.
The only problem is now that we have matchonas at the helm, people who have ABSOLUTELY no idea what it means to live under an oppressive regime.

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

Dr Msangambe don’t waste time with this so called pastrol letters. They have no consequence at all in this modern democracy. There is nothing wise said in the said letter and don’t bring politics into the Evangelical Church. We have eyes and we see what is going on in our country. We don’t need to be told. We come to church to bow down and worship God not to hear this trash

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

“Pastoral Letters” now seem to be a dine a dozen: Why does everyone feels the urge to supply one? Ego, may be, or one up man ship? The only justifiable letter in this realm is the one by the Catholic Church, chastising Kamuzu Banda, albeit in subtle ways, about his Kafkaesque (aka Bandaesque in certain African political literature) modis operandi to prolong his brutal Stalin like dictatorship. That letter was timely, if not overdue. And the letter saved Malawians in many ways: like the lives it saved immediately – Kamuzu and his inner circle always had a list of people… Read more »

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

Since independence,Malawi has never had a good government.We started to have a good government when our brilliant first Ministers were in the government led by a notorious imperialist stooge Mphonongo Banda.After these Ministers realised that Banda was a foreign maniac,it was too late,the murderer had already established himself politically and economically there was no chance to remove the bloody-idiot for he had strong backing from the strongest countries in the world eg Britain,USA,israel,Germany and many others in the Western Europe and South Africa under the fascist Boers.So,to say that the present regime is sliding into autocratic regime,is true.All the governments… Read more »

Angoni
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Angoni

Rubbish! Can you start this scrutiny and criticism in the church. Just fed up of churches thinking they know best when they have a lot of rot amidst them. Malawi is not sliding back in governance. That is totally untrue. Stop misleading the people.

Tenzi Mzungu
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Tenzi Mzungu

Chewa ndi mtumbuka kudzera kudzera ku Dzina la mpingo

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

Maganizo auchitsiru. Inu ndiamene mukuwononga dziko iri ndi maganizo atsankho amenewa. Dziko iri ndirathu tonse. Muzikhala ndimaganizo omanga osati kupasula.

Pastoral Letter
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Waste of time you idiots instead of preaching you are busy playing politics.

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