Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday met clerics from CCAP Nkhoma Synod in in Lilongwe at the official Kamuzu Palace where he urged the churchmen to rise above sectarian differences and strengthen peace and love their country and if necessary, sacrifice for it so as to foster prosperity.
He said Malawians needed each other to foster prosperity, regardless of tribe, political or religious backgrounds.
“Let us continue to work together for the good of the people that God has entrusted to us as leaders,” said Mutharika.
He pledged continued safeguarding of freedom of worship as enshirened in the constitution.
“I do recognize that religious freedom is not only a precious gift from God for those who have faith, it is a gift for each person because it is the basic guarantee of our expression of freedom.”
The Malawi leader further said that true religious freedom shuns temptation of intolerance and secretarianism and promotes attitudes of respect and constructive dialogue.
“We cannot deny that intolerance towards those with different religious convictions is a particularly insidious enemy, one which today is being witnessed in various areas around the world,” Mutharika said.
Mutharika further took his time to thank the Nkhoma Synod on the role they play in the development of the country.
“I want to assure you of my government’s appreciation to the role that is being played by the Nkhoma Synod in the development of this country through education, health and social welfare among others,” he said.
On his part Moderator of Nkhoma Synod Rev. Dr. Chatha Msangaambe said as clergy they work with the government of the day.
“We would like to assure you Your Excellence that as Nkhoma Synod, we are keen to work with the government of the day.
“We will continue to pray our prophetic as well as our citizenry role. Be free to approach us on any issue that you would want to understand clearly from us as a church,” the Moderator said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :