Kyungu censors churches in politics ahead of Malawi watershed elections

Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga and Chitipa on Monday censored churches that he said are peddling partisan politics in the run up to the May 21 2019 watershed tripartite elections.

Kyungu: Churches should not impose candidates on people

Speaking in Chitipa during  the official opening of the Kasama Community Technical College in Chitipa, Kyungu did not name the churches.

“The Church is not an authority on party politics. The church should not be dictating on its membership who to vote for. It is wrong,” said Kyungu.

Speaking when he stood to welcome President Peter Mutharika at Chitipa Airfield,  Kyungu said he was concerned that as Malawi draws close to the voting day, some churches have abandoned their prophetic role and opted to be partisan.

“The church draws membership from people from all political parties. Don’t use it as a hostage place for partisan politics,” he fumed.

Kyungu encouraged the people to follow their conscious when voting.

“You all have your right to make a choice. Don’t be threatened by the church. Make your own choices,” Kyungu emphasized.

The Chief’s remarks comes days after the Nkhoma Synod of the CCAP issued a scathing pastoral letter which some observers said was more like endorsing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Dr Lazarus Chakwera who is a member of the Church.

The Paramount Chief also cautioned politicians that are making over confident remarks about their prospects of winning the elections.

“This is a competition. Malawians will choose but some of you politicians are making statement as if you have already won. That’s dangerous. We don’t want war here,” Kyungu said.

Kyungu said there is a new bleed of politicians that are so disrespectful and pompous such that their behavior poses a serious threat to peace in Malawi.

He warned all candidates to also prepare their supporters for life after losing the elections .

Kyungu is an educated man and  a former civil servant.

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Central
Central
1 year ago

A point of correction to Kyungu is as follows: Traditional Chiefs just like yourself Kyungu should not impose candidates on their followers. As Traditional Chiefs, you are not an authority on party politics. As chiefs you should not be dictating on the followers’ membership who to vote for. It is wrong, and I emphatically say that what you, paramount Kyungu are doing is wrong. I as a Malawian am concerned that as we draw close to the voting day, some chiefs like iweyo Kyungu, Ngolongoliwa, Lundu, Lukwa etc have abandoned their traditional role and have opted to be partisan and… Read more »

kubisa
1 year ago

Didnt know that DR Laz is a member CCAP Nkhoma Synod ndamvera kwa inu a Nyasa times

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 year ago

Old age comes with wisdom that’s what we believe it seems that it’s the opposite . This Chief is talking about non partisan and when it comes to churches, he was supposed to tell that to his subjects, the Chiefs who are in the forefront campaigning for Peter Mutharika. Churches sadly don’t fall under Chiefs jurisdiction so he doesn’t have the powers. And when you enter a race you must be confident otherwise you mustn’t cos it’s the self confidence that brings the urge

Zobanduka
1 year ago

Osanenaponso kuti some of his Colleageus/Mafumu enanso like achina Ngongoliwa, Lundu…samachitabwino when endorsing candidates bwanji?

COPS
COPS
1 year ago

Mfumu yonvetsa chisoni ku mtundu wa a Malawi!

nyalugwe
nyalugwe
1 year ago

ONE CAN BE PARAMOUNT CHIEF, YET BE POOR. SO IF OPPORTUNITY ARISES TO BE REWARDED WITH A CHAIRMANSHIP HERE, BOARD MEMBER THERE-why not take sides

chitima
chitima
1 year ago

nde mwati amene ali “POMPUS” nde ndani?

Alegria
Alegria
1 year ago
Reply to  chitima

ukumudziwanso bravo chief you have observed well. akumatiopseza akamayankhula atakwiya akharupa amenewa

Abu
Abu
1 year ago

Hypocrisy at its worst. This Kyungu fella was just singing for his supper.

Elikana mmbaya
1 year ago

Please MALAWIANS don’t vote for these MATCHONAS with their families living luxury lives abroad while we are suffering here at home —

Mundali
Mundali
1 year ago

Kyungu the Gospel is preached to those who want to hear it and those who don not. where do you get authority to say such words. Just shut up

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