Peter Mutharika donates to Muslims on Eid

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika joined Muslims in the country as they marked the end of month-long Ramadan (fasting) and donated assorted items to Muslims in districts of Salima, Mchinji, Mangochi and Thyolo.

Some of the items donated are bags of rice, cooking oil, sugar, soap, lotion and cash.

Speaking to crowds that gathered in Namwela, Mangochi the backyard of Muslims, Mutharika who is younger brother of President Bingu wa Mutharika, congratulated all Malawians of the Islamic faith who have successfully completed the month-long fast.

“I feel greatly indebted to do what am doing today. We are all Malawians whether Christians or Muslims, there is therefore need that we are  together in celebrations and in times of morning,” said Mutharika.

Eid Mubarak! Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in Mangochi with Muslims. Photo: Nyasa Times

“Am coming from a family when some of our parents are Muslims so I take Islamic as part of me,” he informed.

Mutharika joined the Moslem faithful in the pious hope and expectation that God Almighty will grant the prayers of Malawians during Ramadan for the continued peace, well-being and progress of the nation.

“Am overwhelmed by the turn up here, and I promise to come back as together we can,” he said.

In his remarks, Senior Chief Jalasi thanked Mutharika for the good gesture and could not hide his excitement by hugging the Professor “as a man everyone has trusted.”

He said: “When people mentioned your name others thought because you are related to the president, but former president Bakili  Muluzi had his brothers too so did Kamuzu Banda they were never considered. It is this spirit you have shown today that people are in love with.”

Chief Jalasi further said: “If anyone thought Mangochi is theirs they better think twice as we are the ones who stays with these people. We have no doubt whatsoever that when you get to the high office our relationship shall continue. We promise to hold special prayers for you.”

And in Mchinji Sheik Omar Imran was over the moon, he said: “We didn’t know what to do as we break the fast. Here is a man who without being asked has done such a donation. We will pay him back for the good work.”

Mutharika urged all Muslim faithful in the country to take advantage of the 30 days of spiritual exercise and the lessons thereof, to imbibe the true Islamic teachings which include charity and compassion for fellow human beings.

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