Vice-President Khumbo Kachali has asked the clergy to be praying for the nation as the country prepares for the forthcoming tripartite elections slated for May 20, 2014.
Kachali asked the clergy on Saturday during silver jubilee celebration for Father(Fr) Eugene Ngoma of Saint Peters Cathedral of the Mzuzu Diocese.
He reiterated that Government is committed to work with different churches for the development of the nation.
“Continue praying for the nation in different areas because we need your prayers as the country is preparing for the tripartite elections next year,” Kachali said.
The Vice-President also thanked the Roman Catholic for its role in development of the country through various social projects.
“Let me thank the Roman Catholic for its help in the development of the country and for working hand in hand with the government,” he said.
He further said that gone are the days when the government and various churches in the country were at loggerheads, fighting each other on different misunderstandings.
“The government of President Joyce Banda welcomes ideas from different churches as long as the ideas are for the development of the nation,” he said.
Kachali then congratulated Father Ngoma for his perseverance which he said has enabled him clock 25 years as a Catholic priest.
He said he comes from the same area with Father Ngoma and that their friendship dates from way back. He, thus, thanked the cleric for being there for him through thick and thin.
On his part, Father Ngoma thanked God, his parents, fellow priests and everyone who believed in him and his capabilities, saying it is such people that have enabled him to reach 25 years of pastoral work.
“I do not take your presence for granted to come and grace this occasion; I feel humbled and honoured,” he said.
He jokingly said people should continue to be patient with him and that if he has wronged anyone in any way over the years, they should forgive him.
Father Ngoma is founder and director of Mzuzu based Roman Catholic owned radio station, Radio Tigabane.
The radio, apart from spreading the gospel, tackles issues geared to the needs of the population on matters of health, education, justice and peace as well as on socio-economic development.
Father Ngoma was ordained in 1988 in Mzuzu Diocese where he is currently serving. He has served in three of the eight dioceses in the country.
Bishop Joseph Zuza of the Mzuzu Diocese led the ceremony where, among other things, Father Ngoma renewed his vows as a priest.
The celebration was attended by government officials, ruling People’s Party officials and chiefs, among others.--Malawi News AgencyFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :