Malawi Catholic Church tells Chilima to heed to calls for presidential run in 2019

Malawi’s influential Catholic Church has told vice president Saulos Chilima to heed to calls to stand for presidency in watershed  May 2019 Trioartite Elections.

Chilima a devout Catholic receiving his Eucharist sacrament

Chilima, a new political sensation on the block has taken the ruling DPP elite by surprise with his movement which seeks to oust President Peter Mutharika as party president at the convention.

But he faces hurdles in the party race as his supporters are being barred from the convention which is set to rubber stamp the endorsed Mutharika as the torch bearer.

Father John Chithonje of Dedza Diocese told Chilima during the commeration of the 50th anniversary celebrations of St Kizito Minor Seminary on Saturday in Dedza to take up the challenge.

“You should heed the call as Samuel did in the Bible,” said Father Chithonje.

He said the church was impressed with the vice president’s style of leadership which he said was needed to improve the quality of ordinary lives.

The Archbishop of the diocese Tarsizio Ziyaye just wished the veep all the best.

In response, Chilima said he would heed the call on the third time calling.

Chilima has not openly said he would be availing himself for the presidency but the Chilima movement officials say they will pursuers him to run.

The Catholic church endorsement of his candidature is a big political boost.

The church has over five million membeship.

The endorsement has also dampened the political spirits of p Mutharika and his ruling Democratic Progressive Party who on Saturday were on whistle stop tour in the Lhomwe Belt dousing water on the fired up Chilima movement.

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maseko
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maseko

I do not agree with the remarks made by the priest. Yes it is his opinion but what is really meant by ‘leadership’ style? I think we should be careful as a churchn or churches when making comments on electoral matters. Let chilima decide to run not at the guidance of a church

ankhwinda
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Abusa sanalakwise kumulimbikisa SKC aliyense ali ndi ufulu olakhula iwo alakhula mwa iwo wokha osati ngati mpingo wa Katolika koma poti ndi munthu otumikila mpingo ndikuona anthu
sakumwa nawo madzi. Nawo a bishop Ziyaye amufunila zabwino SKC chifukwa akudziwa kuti SKC ali ndikuyenelera kukhala tsogoleri kungoti chipani chomwe alimocho anthu ambiri samaopa mulungu

Spinoza
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This is one of the silly mistakes that a catholic priest has said. Am catholic & a staunch one Infact but I do believe that being supported by some church leaders does not mean you are blessed automatically. Some of these church leaders are politically & egoistically motivated. anyway, lets wait & see if God is really calling chilima.

Aka
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All of you commenting are CADETS….The way Mapuya has performed in his first 5 years at the helm who would want him to rule us another 5 Years?? Even if Bingu was alive he will be ashamed of his brother, he is a big disappointment, a Professor without brain on leadership and managing a country….or the love of Malawi, not selfish minds of few people.. CHANGE IS NECESSARY, IF NOT CHILIMA, THEN CHAKWERA!!!

George Mkandawire
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George Mkandawire

The story is misleading, which Malawi Catholic Church? If it was ECM yes but not Dedza Diocese then referring it to the whole catholic church. For your information Father Chinthonje might just bean administrator of the seminary. Lets report things as they are not our personal interests, elections are national matters and if not handled properly might lead to bloodshed etc

Hatton
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Hatton

Form Dedza Diocese Party first and then ask him to contest on its ticket. Kalekale Kachebele imatulutsa ansembe anzeru. Limelo linali kale koma lero ndi maleft over wa.

chikoti
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chikoti

When church leaders encourages people to advance political life than church work,know that spiritual morals are going down…SKC watch this advises carefully…from devoted church worker to devoted political champion is a provocation of Gods intervention into ones life..

Tizione
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Tizione

Don’t mix politics with religion/church this guy doesn’t have political guts he has corporate guts if he is serious in pursuing this game I suggest he should borrow political notes from Julius Malema of the famous give us signal mama or just next door Nelson Chamisa these two are politicians by choice not by chance

Mas terterg
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Mas terterg

If I were VP CHILIMA ndikanadeka kaye pee ndikunyengelera kuti andisankhenso u running mate kuchoka apo kukulupirika ku chipani kuti chindigulitse
Koma kulowa ndi mphavu term ya muthuyo sinate ngakale mu Catholic mkati ena ayenra kukusutsani
Ndiye ganixani ngati. Ndi munthu wopemphera

Gama
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Gama

koma agalu inu

Bishop
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Bishop, you are using the story out of context. Samuel was not vice president or vice to any position. Go to real theological schools and be schooled again. The Roman Catholic church has been acting behind PAC. Roman Catholic church is both religious and political movement. Remember during the time of Reformation which led to Dark Ages when the Catholic Church perscuted Christians under the Roman Government. Nchilina if you listen to these thungs , you will prove yourself a baby. Mr Bishop, tell us about your fellow bishop who is languishing in the cooler for killing Alabino late McDonald?

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