PAC condemns Bingu, backs Bishop Zuza

Public Affairs Committee (PAC), the prominent civil society, interfaith organisation made up of the main Protestant, Catholic and Muslim faith groups in Malawi has criticised President Bingu wa Mutharika for his war cry speech and an attack of the clergy.

Mutharika on Thursday went to town slamming head of Roman Catholic Church in Malawi, His Grace Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza for his straight-talking sermon  during the National Day of Prayers last week.

But in a media statement issued on Friday, the multi-faith organisation condemned Mutharika’s hate speech saying the preaching on the day stood for truth and justice.

“PAC  supports  the  preaching  of  the  16  August, 2011  by  various  clergy   at  COMESA  Hall.  Their  openness  in  disseminating  the  Word  of  God  is  much  appreciated. Men  of  God  must  always  stand  for  truth  and    must  side  with  those  who  suffer    in  silence,” the statement issued by acting Chairperson of the PAC Reverend MacDonald Kadawati said.

Reverend Kadawati: Mutharika's remarks unfortunate

“Religious  leaders  enjoy  respect    because  followers  entrust  authority  upon   them,  and  at  all  times  they   must  fight  for  a  common  man  in  the  society,” reads the statement made available to Nyasa Times.

Mutharika, who is under fire over chronic fuel and foreign exchange shortages and is also accused of infringing democratic freedoms, said according to him, Bishop Zuza in his homily was insinuating that he is chindere (stupid).

But PAC said “Malawians  themselves  are  best   judges  whether  the  president  is  for  amicable  solutions   to  challenges  facing  the  country  or  not. “

The faith group described Mutharika’s tantrum as “unacceptable”   and “misplaced” in the current political landscape.

In his homily, Bishop Zuza said: “The person who thinks and believes that he or she is perfect is actually the most stupid and foolish person. In Chichewa and Tumbuka we call such people as chitsiru cha munthu or chindere.”

“Do we want to be called chitsiru or chindere because we think we are perfect and we have all the best solutions for the storm that is passing through our country? Fellow Malawians, let us not become stupid people. Let us accept our roles and see how best as a  nation we can calm the storm that is before  us.”

The prayers were organised by Episcopal Conference of Malawi and Malawi  Council of Churches to seek God’s intervention on problems  facing the country.

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