A presbterian preacher in central region tobacco growing district of Kasungu has called on Malawians to pray ceaseless to God for forgiveness, saying the current dry spell is a result of sin.
Reverend Ronald Chimzimu of Kanthera CCAP in Kasungu prayed for rains on Sunday, a day after state sponsored national prayers in Lilongwe called by President Peter Mutharika.
“Forgive us, our Lord. We have sinned as a nation,” said the church clerk without saying the sins Malawians have committed deserving the dry spell.
However, at the national day of prayer on Sunday, the men of God alleged Malawi is a sinful country because it is allowing homosexuality and God is angry.
Weather expert Elina Kululanga from the Meteorological Department and Climate Change said the prolonged dry spell in some parts of the country is as a result of El Nino, a weather phenomen blamed for prolonged dry spells and devastating areas in some areas.
Oxfarm and UNICEF said El Nino would be worse in Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Commenting Dedza east MP Juliana Lunguzi and economist Henry Kachaje said the best way for Malawi to get out of its food shortage due to prolonged dry spells is to initiate an irrigation project from Lake Malawi.
Lunguzi said it was disappointing that even donors were reluctant to fund an irrigation project just for her constituency, a few metres away from Lake Malawi.
However, in Kasungu, Reverend Chimzimu told his congregation God will continue punishing Malawi through the withholding of rainfall until Malawians repent.