President Arthur Peter Mutharika has called on religious leaders in the country to intervene through prayers to end the myths of blood sucking that have rocked some parts of the country.
Mutharika was speaking on Saturday when he graced the Golden Jubilee celebrations for St. Kalemba, Bangula Parish in Nsanje under Chikwawa Diocese of influential Catholic Church.
He said the blood sucking allegations that have left some people dead and taken scores of others into police cells for taking the law into their own hands was difficult to understand to trace its causes and perpetrators.
The Malawian leader said the situation calls for immediate intervention of various groups in society including the clergy to decisively address the problem.
“The issue of blood sucking in the country is becoming a difficult issue to understand especially its origins. It is hard to find its evidence and is not an easy task,” said the president.
Mutharika added that there was need for religious leaders as well as all Christians in the country to seriously pray for the country so that the whole issue is solved or its root cause known.
“I should also urge you all to pray for integrity, hard work, patriotism as well as have a sense of humanity. If we have all these in place, our country will not be in problems such as the blood sucking issue we are currently facing whose truth is not known,” he said.
Mutharika, therefore, thanked the Catholic Church for contributing positively towards the country’s development citing health, education and other developmental projects that the government has be spearheading.
On this note, Mutharika said government was grateful for the cordial relationship existing between it and religious leaders, noting that every year the presidency holds meetings with Catholic Bishops to scrutinize various issues around education, health and agriculture and governance for the betterment of people’s lives in the country.
“The Catholic Church has been instrumental to the development of the country in areas around health, agriculture and education. Let’s join hands and work together because my government has always worked hand in hand with various religious groups. We are all together in God’s mission,” said Mutharika.
On his part, Bishop of Chikwawa Diocese Right Reverend Peter Musikuwa thanked the President for gracing the occasion and also commended government for introducing the community technical colleges, saying the initiative has proved to improve the status of the youth in the country.
“The community technical colleges programme is helping our youths who were just loafing in the villages and were tempted to indulge in all sorts of crime to be empowered and become productive citizens,” Musikuwa said.
Musikuwa, however, in thin veiled reference to next week’s by – elections slated for October 14 discouraged people in the country to desist from violence, which he said, brings any political party in disrepute.
“When there is violence in a party, family or any kind of grouping, there is lack of respect especially from outside the country. So, my fellow Malawians let us maintain peace at all times without regard to one’s political or religious inclination,” he said.
Musikuwa also called on the Catholic faithful in the diocese to develop self – sustaining measures, observing that 50 years after the St. Kalemba Parish was established there was need for the Christians to realize their responsibilities in developing the church.
St. Kalemba, Bangula Parish under Chikwawa Diocese was established in 1967 and currently has close to 80,000 Christians with eleven out station churches namely Bangula, Magoti, Makhanga, Nyaphembere, Chirimba, Mwananjovu, Lalanje, Chokwe, Ndalapa, Chilunda and Misamvu.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :