Malawi VP Kachali begs Livingstonia CCAP Synod to tone down: Pays tribute to Rev Mwambila

Malawi’s Vice President Khumbo Kachali has asked the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia to direct their concerns to government using established church channels, arguing that Malawi’s President Joyce Banda and himself were bona fide members of the Church’s guild.

“We look up to the church for direction. My plea is that without politics we are all Malawians,” Kachali said.

Kachali, who represented President Banda, said this in his eulogy at the funeral service of former deputy Secretary General of Livingstonia Synod the late Reverend Ted Atusaye Goliath Mwambira held at Bwiba CCAP Church in Karonga on Thursday.

Reverend Mwambira died last Sunday at Mzuzu Central Hospital. He was born on 17 July 1950.

Kachali: Pays tribute to Rev Ted Mwambika
Kachali: Pays tribute to Rev Ted Mwambika

Kachali’s request came barely three weeks after former moderator of Livingstonia CCAP Synod; the Reverend Clifford Baloyi released what he calls a pastoral letter on economic and human rights violations which he claimed were happening in Malawi.

“Life is already unbearable and a too heavy load to be carried by Malawians, who already suffered much (under) former president. We are in vicious circle, regrettably,” Baloyi said.

He criticised celebrations the People’s Party (PP) administration carried out when, for examples, it reached 100 days or a year in government.

The letter also highlighted issues of human rights, high cost of living, Presidential travels, homosexuality, arrest of (former) Cabinet ministers, quota system, Section 65 of the Constitution, public appointments and salary increments for civil servants.

However, the Synod distanced itself from the pastoral letter but senior church officials confided to Nyasa Times in exclusive interviews that the Synod will look into Baloyi’s cases and decide on the way forward.

Kachali then said if Malawi is not doing well then the Church has neglected its role to guide those in government.

“It will be sorry to publicly ridicule us. If there is a problem use existing channels to calls us for meetings other than going public,” he pleaded.

In his euology, the VP paid tribute to Rev Mwambila said the church and the nation has  lost ” a great man.”

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