Nkhoma Synod likened JB to Manasseh’s in Bible

Nkhoma  Synod CCAP Church Reverend Adiel Sasu on Sunday likened the Joyce Banda leadership with the Biblical reign of Manaseh King of Judah.

Quoting the Bible books of 2 Kings 22 verses 1-13 and 2 John 13, Sasu said just like the problems Malawi is going through, Manaseh imitated on  the very worst kings of Israel.

He said the people of Judah suffered because of the poor leadership of the King.

President Banda:  Get Nkhoma Synod's  battering
President Banda: Get Nkhoma Synod’s battering

“Malawi today has been destroyed miserably by the poor leaders we have had and that are still ruling today.

“Everything stopped since the death of Kamuzu Banda, there is no development and leaders are just there to enrich themselves through looting,” he said.

Sasu said just like God sent Josiah to clean the land of Judah, He also will give Malawians a leader who is going to rebuild the country.

The sermon was delivered before Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, his running mate Richard Msowoya, former party president John Tembo and Louis Chimango went to pray at the church.

The Synod Pastoral Letter released throughout its 1 500 prayer houses was also read during the sermon.

In the pastoral letter, the Synod has slammed government over the use of money from the sale of the presidential jet and Cashgate corruption scandal.

The synod said the way these two issues are being handled shows signs of systemic corruption.

Titled ‘Renewal and Regeneration of our nation. A call for church responsibility’ the church said there is so much impunity and no regard to the masses that call for openness.

It also raise concerns on the secrecy that has surrounded government’s handling of several issues of national interest.

Reads the letter in part: “In light of the experience we have and are going through, the choice before us is not a simple choice. It is not an ordinary choice either. It is the choice between life or death, between accountable, transparent and responsive leadership and government or the same old habits of plunder, looting and mismanagement of public resources.”

Then, the church called for change, saying “there is a great need that our public resources be entrusted to purpose of vision, integrity, accountability and those who are trustworthy.”

The synod has therefore called upon God to help the nation to “rid the nation of selfishness by the way of those looting public resources.”

While not necessarily mentioning names of their favourite candidate, the synod has discounted candidates with a track record in promoting tribalism and regionalism and those who are winning people through handouts.

Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), whose main catchment area is the Central Region,  advised Malawians to choose a leader who is accountable and transparent, without self-gratification and willing to win people without resorting to handouts.—(Additional reporting by Wanga Gwede, Nyasa Times)

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