Head of Catholic Church in Malawi says 1992 pastoral letter yet to bear fruits

Archbishop Thomas Msusa of Blantyre Arch-Diocese has urged Catholics and Malawians to commemorate the 25 years of the issuance of the hard hitting pastoral letter which brought political change in Malawi by reflecting on whether it achieved its intended purpose.

His Grace Msusa: Living our faith still

Msusa said this at Ndata in Thyolo during the memorial service of former president Bingu wa Mutharika.

‘This coincidentally marks 25 years since the Catholic bishops issued the famous pastoral letter which brought political change in Malawi,” said Msusa as he led the memorial service.

Following the pastoral letter, Chakufwa Chihana came from exile on April 6, 1992 to lead a political battle in the fight against the oppressive Kamuzu Banda’s one party system of government.

His  Grace Msusa , who is head of Episcopal Conference of Malawi, said the pastoral letter was the aspirations of all Malawians who wanted justice, not selective justice for the few powerful and rich peoople, workers who wanted good working conditions and pay, people who wanted drugs in hospitals, among other things.

The then ruling party the Malawi Congress Party clashed with the bishops and there were fears they would be killed as was the case with other critics of government.

Msusa said the emergence of Bingu wa Mutharika in 2004 as president of the country after being propelled to power by former president Bakili Muluzi  rekindled hope of fulfilling what the bishops had wanted through their pastoral letter.

He said Bingu initiated a number of development projects and programs.

“President Bingu wa Mutharika loved his country. He took over the country when it was facing a lot of problems, when HIV and AIDS prevalence was at its peak but he did all he could to deal with the problems,” he said.

He said in addition, Mutharika put women in powerful and influential positions.

Mutharika died on April 5, 2012 when he collapsed after a heart attack when his political popularity continued to plummet at a fast rate as he became increasingly arrogant and dictatorship.

He clashed with the country’s donors, chased away a British diplomat and locked up opposition and civil society leaders and harassed journalists.

His critics say he amassed K98 billion through dubious corrupt means which he is said to have stashed in offshore investment accounts.

The government rejects these accusations.

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chisoni wa chisoni
chisoni wa chisoni
5 years ago

Can scarcity of fuel, forex;
Death of innocent Malawians in July 2011;
Dismissals of innocent productive persons;
Ever deportation of British High Commissioner;
Ever cashgate
Ever sacks and bags of money found in the so called Palace;
…….mean doing well
Then probably some of us do not know the
meaning of well …….
Do not dilute the 1992 pastoral that brought hope to
suffering Malawians who continue to suffer now.
So help us God.

5 years ago

His Grace Msusa, koma abale…………………………………. kusaopa Mulungutu uku!!
Mukungopasana/ kugawana ma title mwini wake kumwamba aliphe kumangokuonani.
Tsiku lina lifika lomwe mudzakane ma title amenewo, chifukwa mwini wake adzakhala ali pompo.

zuzo dekha
zuzo dekha
5 years ago


5 years ago

Chihana was HERO of Malawi Democracy.

5 years ago

too bad….

5 years ago

POWERFULL MSG From the clergy


5 years ago

Pastor Makondetsa muphunzireko kwa alaliki anzanu ngati amenewa , osati zopusa zija munasintha nkuyamba kunyoza otsutsa boma. Izi zimaonetseratu kuti Mlaliki uyu sanapiteko kumaphunziro komanso amafuna kupatsidwa kangachepe. Atleast today I had time to watch the sermon from Bishop Sitima.

winston msowoya
winston msowoya
5 years ago

Candidly,the Catholic Pastoral Letter of 1992,was the custodian and the creation of novel Malawi State in emancipation,but also we have a job to do to maintain equality dispite our ethnical differences,by the way,we are one people and we are all sons and daughters of God.Thanks to the courage and determinations of our Catholic Bishops and we urge them also to do the same with the horrible and misguided DPP regime led by the Muthalika dynasty.Soon after the holy letter,Chihana forthwith rushed home from abroad where he was living and had no connections with the leaders of exiled political movements for… Read more »

5 years ago

Lord help our Mother Malawi spiritually so that there should be LOVE, Financialiy that there should be DEVELOPMENT and
socially that there should be PEACE for all. AMEN.

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