A group of religious leaders in the Commercial City of Blantyre have made a donation of K210,000 towards the fourth coming much touted first ever conference of the political movement called Transformation Alliance (TA), Nyasa Times can reveal.
The conference is scheduled to take place in Blantyre between August 25th and 26th August 2017.
Nyasa Times is reliably informed that the announcement of the donation was made at a TA’s conference preparatory meeting held in Blantyre over the weekend and was Chaired by the Conference Organising Committee Chairman Davis Sauka.
A printed report presented to the Alliance members present at the meeting by TA’s Administrative Secretary Charles Mwambyale which Nyasa Times has seen indicates that the pastors group made the donation through their representative pastor Mark Gulule of Holy Cross Assembly on Friday 28 July.
The matter appears under item 3b(ii) on the report followed by 3b(iii) which indicates another amount of K146,000 from Vendors and Friends of TA.
When contacted for his comment, the groups spokesperson Leonard Chimbanga could neither confirm nor deny the news.
But he questioned this reporter why only one group was singled out as they are receiving donations from all well wishers
and its all on record for acknowledgement.
“My brother, it is extremely difficult to hold this kind of an event. We are not immune to financial hiccups and we are calling on well
wishers who support our cause to assist in any way they can. The help can be in form of drinks, food stuffs, accommodation,transport,
airtime and many others,” said Chimbanga
On his part, Pastor Gulule confirmed making the donation and was quick to justify it saying they thought of assisting knowing that such functions require huge sums of money.
“We thought of assisting after being approached by one of the leaders of this grouping who is our prayer partner and friend…he actually approached us and asked that we should pray for a successful conference and we knew that the success of the conference also to a larger extent hinges on availability of resources hence we thought of making small contributions as individuals which accumulated to the amount we have donated” he said in a telephone interview.
He added: “But is this really something you want to write a story on? These are the same people who assist us when we have our projects in the church, we invite them and they come. We pray for leaders in the church including the president and after all, they are talking about Malawi, are you not Malawian yourself?”
Asked if this doesn’t confirm rife speculations that TA’s national chairman Moses Kunkuyu who is the Session Clerk for a CCAP Church in Blantyre and a trained evangelist is mobilising smaller Churches to rally behind TA’s agenda, Chimbanga simply said they are talking about the country and not the Church.
“We are talking about the country and not the Church, suffice to say that the church builds the people and the people build the country” he said.
Recently, Kunkuyu a former cabinet minister and government spokesperson was accused by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of leading a regime change plan that was said to be championed by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) at its June Conference in Blantyre.
Both Kunkuyu and PAC denied the allegations.
The conference is expected to attact attention of many including from outside Malawi as the political pressure group has extended invitation to South Africa’s vocal opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Juius Malema and Zambia’s Opposition Leader Savoiur Chishimba.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :