Prophet Mbewe’s  speaks against AstraZeneca vaccine: To tell Malawi worshippers not to take jabs, ‘believe in divine immunity’ 

The Freedom of Worship Association of Malawi (FOWAM) has written the government, expressing its concern and reservations over the government’s decision to go-ahead to roll out the administration of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in combating coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Prophet David Mbewe’s Freedom of Worship Association pens govt on use of AstraZeneca vaccine: Warns the association will mobilize faithful not to accept the vaccine

The association, through a statement made available to Nyasa Times, argues that administering the vaccine amid concerns on its efficacy would be putting the lives of innocent Malawiamns at risk and people would rather believe in divine immunity.

The statement, which has been co-signed founder and overseer of the Living Word Evangelical Church (LIWEC), Prophet David Mbewe, as the president of the association and his public relations officer, Ras Jerafaya Geoffrey Phomea, warns that if authorities at the Capital Hill do not address their concerns, they will mobilize their faithful not to take the vaccine.

Mbewe and Phomea it is unfortunate that the government intends to roll out the mass Covid-19 vaccination before trials of the vaccine on human being has not been done in Malawi to ascertain its efficacy and side effects.

“It is our contention that this will be putting lives of innocent Malawians at a great risk. You may wish to note that even South Africa has had to suspend vaccination of its citizens following questionable efficacy to the Covid-19 variant prevalent in this southern region of Africa,” the statement reads.

“In light of the foregoing, we expect to hear from how you intend to address issues raised. If we do not hear from you promptly, we will be left with no choice, but to mobilize the faithful in Malawi not to receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine,” Mbewe and Phomea warn.

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda said government has engaged faith groups, traditional leaders, civil society organisations, the media and legislators in a sensitisation campaign on the safety of the vaccine.

Said the minister: “We are not against people discussing it or asking questions about the vaccine. People have to ask as many questions as they can, and we will happily address those questions. Our greatest concern is when lies are recklessly peddled against the vaccine.

“Many Malawians begin to believe these unfounded and negative messages and they are afraid. This vaccine is safe. We desperately need this vaccine to save lives. Our specialists and doctors are involved in the whole process.”

Chiponda emphasised that the vaccine is not compulsory, adding it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to urgently spread the success message on the vaccine to the masses and help to dismiss the unfounded theories making rounds.

In his national address on Sunday evening, President Lazarus Chakwera said the country will go ahead with acquiring the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, despite concerns about its efficacy.

Chakwera announced that Malawi has acquired 1.5 million doses and that additional ones were on the way to vaccinate a total of about four and a half million people.

He disclosed that Malawi settled for the AstraZeneca vaccine because it is the most affordable for the resource-constrained country.

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Shadreck
Shadreck
5 months ago

What an idiot and all believers are the same. Stop believing in tales and legends. God doesn’t exist. It is legend to control you and to take your money. Look at the luxuous life religious are living !

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
5 months ago

Listening to these prophets is at owners risk. Phukusi la moyo sasungirana. Uyo sakufuna vaccine zake izo. Beware of these false prophets. How many prophets have lost to Covid-19? Ndiye wina sakufuna vaccine. Basi zimwani annointing water wanuyo.

Chizaso
Chizaso
5 months ago

This is the stupidity of its highest order. Divine immunity, how do you prove that, and this is why people have lost confidence in these illiterate prophets who have not gone to school and can comment on issues of the nation without proper research. Listen, we have to be very careful with the way we treat people. In developed countries, this man would be taken to court to quantify the authenticity of the advice. What does it mean to believe in divine immunity? Even TB Joshua is encouraging people to go for tests and take vaccines. Malawians, let’s wake-up and… Read more »

faucithedevil
faucithedevil
5 months ago

A malawi, kabayitseni ndithu ma jackson a hygragel., a lucifrense wo. Pitani ndithu akakubayieni katatu. Osangonja, Covid is real in your figment of your dumb imaginations because even the devil tony fauci and his girlfriend gates are not taking a vaccine. They take vitamins, they dont eat meat but hey amalawi kabayiseni ndithu. Ma coffin alipo kale

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
5 months ago
Reply to  faucithedevil

Stop lying. Anthony Fauci had his vaccine live on TV. You know what, keep your beliefs to yourself. As for all of us (the civilised) will get the vaccines. You’ve had vaccines in your life before without questions, why this one?

Jima
Jima
5 months ago

Malawian, it’s so simple if we read Hosea 4 v 6. Has the answer for this. My people are distroyed for luck of knowledge…

Atuganire
Atuganire
5 months ago

Those calling the Prophet fake, you are all the fakest. You are nameless that is using fake names needless to mention faceless. The Prophet has a face to his name. Malawi has scientists? What have those scientists done in the wake of Covid 19? The so CALLED scientists are waiting for mzungu to instruct them what to do as if they did not go to school. Tukwaneni it is your prelogative! Covid ndi influenza at a higher level and fluenzayo ndi nthenda yakunoko yakalekale magogo akutero sopano ma scientist athuwo nthawi yonseyi osamaipezera medication, bwaaa? Musayerekeze kuwanenanso a Prophet a… Read more »

Tonse
Tonse
5 months ago

Stupid idiot

Mikoko
5 months ago

Both Mbewe and Chakwera are in the same whatsapp group of LIARS! Trust them at your own peril. They are empty tins with the loudest noise. They are only good for lunatics in christian churches.

Nepotism
5 months ago
Reply to  Mikoko

stupid

Katswiri
Katswiri
5 months ago

Arrest these fake “prophets”.

Dy/Dx
Dy/Dx
5 months ago

The kwamtele government will procure the astrzenneca vaccine because is affordable. This shows that kwamtele is not caring life of Malawians. 5 years too long

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