Mutharika urges Malawi churches  to desist from backing individual candidates

President Peter Mutharika has  stressed that churches and other religious denominations should remain apolitical.

Mutharika: Churches should be apolitical

Using the Katawa CCAP of the Livingstonia Synod pulpit on Sunday, Mutharika advised the church to remain non partisan in politics, saying instead it should continue with its prophetic mission.

“Avoid partisan politics, desist from campaigning for individual candidates. You are there for the spiritual life of the people whilst we, the government are there for the physical needs of the people,” he said.

He said the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP is not in opposition with the government, saying the government welcomes criticisms done in a gentle way.

The synod moderator John Gondwe assured the president that the church does not engage in partisan politics.

He said the church will continue to work with the government in health, education and other sectors for the benefit of poor Malawians.

The President sat on ordinary church benches just like anybody else leaving their presidential seats.

A political scientist from the University of Malawi has also sternly warned churches  against campaigning for individual candidates in the run up to the May 21, 2019 presidential election

Ernest Thindwa, a political scientist at Chancellor College said  Church backing a candidate “ can be a recipe for war.”

He said the decision to elect political leaders lies with the faithful themselves.

During the ordination of priests in Blantyre,  Catholic Bihsop Thomas Msusa said next year people should not vote for leaders because they come from the same region, tribe or religion.

He called on people to vote for leaders who are visionary, God fearing and transformative.

“But please, listen carefully; if this God fearing, visionary and transformative leader comes from your church or religion, don’t hesitate to vote for him. If we have one of our own family, why not vote for that person.

Catholic Church leaders encourage their faithful to take an active role in politics, which includes seeking political power at all levels of the national governance structure.

“A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself/herself; so that those who govern can govern” (Pope Francis, Homily during morning Mass, l6th September, 2013). While doing so, we remind priests, religious men and women, catechists, heads of our institutions to refrain from making utterances or doing things that can justifiably be perceived as advancing partisan politics,” the Church said in a statement.

“For the same reason, we the Catholic bishops in Malawi cannot, and shall not support or endorse any particular politician or political party,” further reads the statement.

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has since  Malawians to pray for peace ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.

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Zumas Fourth Wife
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Zumas Fourth Wife

kukhala pa bench mu church kkkkkkkkkkkk ayambapo kuzichepetsa chufikwa cha vote munya ine sinkavota

pathfinder
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pathfinder

hahahahaha kkkkkk this is so awesome! Peter wa Mutharika is backed by the CCAP church because he is a member of that church. Lazalo wa umphawi is backed by the Assemblies of God because he is a member. Joyce Banda is crossing boarders to Nigeria to seek for prophetic guidance from TB Joshua. Saulosi Chilima is getting support from the RC because he is also a member of that church. What i see here is kokera kwako. I also see a priest here being cote saying musabvotere munthu chifukwa cha mtundu of which he is right. But how if it… Read more »

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Very TRUE.
Churches should desist campaigning for their preferred candidates. It will bring divisions and chaos in the country.

Silica gell
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Guys muzazikhweza chifukwa cha 145 mita mzanuyo atawinanso kkkkk

Kibaki
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Kibaki

“the president sat on ordinary benches leaving his presidential seat” so what?

Thats what bandits do

ndele
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ndele

there is no reason mdhara iwe kumabwebweta palibe coti utiuze nthawi yake siino. ziphuphu man kukamwa ngati tilapia.usatinyasepo,we know who to vote for

Wodya Zake Alibe Mulandu
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Now you are crying? I thought you are the one abusing MBC and parading chiefs for your propaganda. This is just starting…more to come…wodya zake alibe mlandu

Kada
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Kada

1993 church inagwira ntchito yayikulu. Lero nde muziti dont be non partisan?? Komanso church speaks against oppression and injustice. The perpetuated poverty we have in Malawi is a form of oppression and injust. The ruling elites have developed a system that poor malawians can remain poor while themselves get richer everyday. Should the church not lead its people to find a way out of that? Where the people themselves have failed or are hopeless. The church can help open their eye and see hope.
All tell CCAP Blantyre synod to be non partisan- zisamakomere mbuzi kugunda galu

Nzika
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Nzika

What about chiefs who openly campaign for you Sir?

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Mr President….what if the churches had openly endorsed you? Mr President, do you know John Chilembwe? Was he not a Church Leader? Did he not “meddle” in politics? Is he not our hero? Ndiye mukuti chani inu bwana? Our politicians have become so greedy and corrupt so much so that the church needs to advise us on who to choose! Mwanyanya kusolola…mpaka 145,000,000MK kukhala donation??

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