Joyce Banda is Malawi’s Easter special gift –Catholic priest

Malawians should celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a special way by thanking God for giving them a new Malawi under a female president, said Catholic priest Fr. Joseph Kimu at the start of his Easter Sunday mass on  Radio Maria Malawi.

Fr. Kimu said God has given Malawians a special Easter by revealing to them that it is possible to change things through prayer.

Fr. Kimu who is also director of Radio Maria Malawi said God has proven that Malawi can even be led by a female president.

Regional governor for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (South) Noel Masangwi once said Malawi was not ready to be led by a female president.

Authority: Malawi’s first female president Joyce Banda

“We Malawians have more than a million reasons to celebrate Easter. I liked the maiden speech by the new President, Mrs Banda—No room for revenge. Let us not give Satan chance. Let God be in control.

“ Malawi is poor but we are rich in dignity and love. We have taught the world that we can effect transition peacefully. Let other countries come and learn from us,” the priest.

He said the loving God had saved Malawians timely by giving the nation a new president.

“Let us forget about the past. Let us forget our past political parties. Let us not say this one cannot be president because she is not from our party. That is selfishness. If we have really resurrected with Christ let us leave our past lives and start new lives,” he said.

“We at Radio Maria are happy that we have female president because our saint is also a woman, Mary. You women support your fellow woman. Leave the pull her down syndrome. Today’s gospel says the first people that knew about the resurrection of Jesus were women. Women are special people,” went the preaching.

“It is now your show women. Let us see how you handle it,” he said.

He said by defeating death, Jesus is challenging Christians that they can also defeat death by living as Jesus.

Her Excellency Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawi’s president on Saturday replacing 78-year-old Bingu wa Mutharika who died from cardiac arrest on Thursday.

Guard of honour: President Joyce Banda

Public Affairs Committee, a body of religious leaders from different faiths, had a two day meeting in March where they resolved to give Mutharika 60 days to resign or call for a referendum because of his tyranny.

Mutharika had the habit of hitting back at religious leaders whenever they spoke to him as prophets.

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