Pastor challenges Malawians to declare witchcraft ‘innovation’ to United Nations

A Calvary Family Church (CFC) Pastor in Blantyre sent mourners in stitches when he challenged people priding in underhand innovations like witchcraft to come in the open and declare their inventions to the United Nations (UN) if they were worth bragging about.

Delivering a sermon at the funeral service of Chimwemwe Moto in Blantyre’s low density area of Sunnyside, Pastor Howa observed that many people were judging others in public as devils yet themselves were busy wasting their precious time by engaging in greater nasty acts.

While condemning both acts, the pastor challenged people who busy themselves in underground acts like witchcraft to come to light.

Although witchcraft is taken as a crime to many Malawians, the country’s laws, however, do not recognise it so and local humanists have argued that witchcraft does not exist.

Chimwemwe Moto: Laid to rest

“There are people who boast that they fly, they visit other countries at night and come back, and they have their own airports in this country. They do these things in secrecy but they keep on judging other people’s lives and this tendency is common when deaths like this (suicide) occur… Come out in the open and declare your innovations to the United Nations.

“People rush to make conclusions of the other life (life after death) of the deceased yet they do not know what was between the departed and the Heavenly Father. In fact one tends to wonder where people get the sentiments from when there was no other person during the time the person was dying,” the pastor said.

The late Chimwemwe, son to former academician and Malawi High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Professor Francis Moto (currently heading Malawi Embassy in Brazil), committed suicide in the United Kingdom where he was residing.

His death drew some mixed reactions from the local faith community as others wanted his funeral service to be administered without a religious function since most religious traditions condemn suicide.

The CFC pastor also observed that there were many people across the world who are in bondage because they are failing to completely get out of sinful acts, but are quick to convict the dead.

“But it is only God who knows where the soul of the departed finally goes otherwise by condemning our colleagues we do not gain anything, after all you never know what the person told his God before dying,” said the pastor said to the applause of mourners.

The pastor then challenged the gathering to repent and live life that pleases God at all time.

Speaking on behalf of the bereaved family, James Mwenda and a Mr Kasamale said they were grateful for the moral, financial and spiritual assistance rendered to the family in respect of the demise of their 38-year-old son.

And in his eulogy on behalf of the Malawi Government, Malawi’s Deputy High Commissioner to United Kingdom, John Tembo Jnr, who accompanied Moto’s remains from UK, conveyed condolence messages from President Joyce Banda, fellow diplomats and Malawians in the diaspora.

The late Moto, who is survived by a wife and three children, was buried at HHI cemetery in Blantyre and died on November 4, 2013.

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