President Prof. Peter Mutharika Wednesday called upon all Malawians to unite, work hard together with a high sense of integrity and patriotism to attain economic freedom.
He made the call at this year’s independence Day Celebration held at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe where the he led an interdenominational congregation in national prayer service of worship to mark the 52nd Independence Anniversary.
The Malawi leader said the onus was on every Malawian, and not on anybody else, to move the nation forward economically.
“In my independence address I’d like to ask all Malawians to work hard for our economic freedom,” said Mutharika. “There is no one except us who can free this country from the economic burdens and poverty.”
The President quoted the Koran Chapter 13 vs 11 saying “…God cannot change the condition of the people until the people themselves feel to change the condition they are in”.
Mutharika said for the past two years his government had changed the national vision and programmes but he said the natural change begun with individual Malawians.
“Like Mahatma Gandhi said ‘If you want change, you must be the change you want to see’, our freedom begins with us,” said Mutharika.
Earlier in the day the President led the congregation in the national prayer service of worship by taking the First Reading in English from the book of Psalms Chapter 128 verses 1 – 6.
The Second Reading in Chichewa came from 2 Thessalonians Chapter 3 verses 6 – 12 by Mrs. Emily Banda Egolet of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church.
Further activities during the 52nd Independence Day National Prayer Service of Worship included Chichewa and English sermons and prayers led by Christian and Islamic officiating clergy present at the event; and intercessory prayers and special offering for people affected by natural disasters in the country.
Choirs from various denominations took turns in the intervals of the activities praising and worshiping God for peace prevailing on the land.
All the activities’ central message was drawn from this year’s Independence Commemorations theme which was: Committed to Patriotism, Integrity, and Hard Work for a Prosperous Malawi With the Help of God.
The clergy hailed Mutharika for his wisdom to dedicate the 52nd Independence Anniversary to national prayer service of worship saying such events unify the people in the country.
Twenty members of the clergy officiated the national prayers of worship among them; Sheikh Jaafar Kawinga of Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi (QMAM); Sheikh Most Rev. Archbishop Thomas Msusa, Chairman, Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM); Pastor Flackson Kuyama, President, SDA Church; Right Rev. Bishop Bighton Vita Malasa, Upper Shire Diocese of Anglican Church in Malawi; and Rev. Dr. Chatha Msangaambe, Moderator, CCAP, Nkhoma Synod.
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