President Peter Mutharika on Sunday reiterated on the need for churches to continue complementing Government in its efforts of accelerating development in Malawi.
Mutharika was speaking at the Mtambanyama Synod of the Evangelical Church of Malawi (ECM), during a church service in Thyolo.
The Malawian leader said the Synod has contributed enormously towards the Malawi’s development, especially in the education and health sectors.
“People came from different areas like Chikwawa, Nsanje, Chiradzulo, and other places to study here at Mtambanyama, and I am one of those who studied here.
“I would like, therefore, to urge Mtambanyama Synod to continue with various programmes you have been carrying out aimed at uplifting the lives of people in the country; and rest be assured of Government’s support,” said Mutharika.
However, Mutharika pointed out that jealousy is a major challenge Malawi faces, which in the process is pulling back the country’s development.
“I am glad that in his sermon Synod Chairperson Reverend Mawaya, mentioned that we should root out jealousy so that together we should work and develop the nation,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika, therefore, advised people to love one another, and work together as a family so that the country prospers.
He said Government on its part, will continue with programmes meant to uplift people’s social and economic standards; he cited social protection measures like the decent and affordable housing project.
“It is my intention that in the next fifteen years, Malawi should no longer have grass thatched houses. My Government is also committed to improve rural road networks. I am glad to see that the works of the Thyolo-Thekerani Road, is progressing very well,” the Malawi leader said.
Member of Parliament for Thyolo-Thava, Mary Thomu Navicha, praised the President for taking time to be part of the congregation at Mtambanyama Synod, which is in her constituency.
Navicha said Malawi was blessed to have a God-fearing President; “because he is a God-fearing President, he has managed to run this country for three years without any budgetary support from donors, but the country is making progress all the same.”
She pointed out that President Mutharika was geared to develop Malawi regardless of which region in the country.
In his remarks, Traditional Authority Khwethemule thanked the President for supporting the Synod to build two classroom blocks at Mtambanyama Primary School, where the Malawi leader attended his standard five and six primary education.
“I would like to urge all of us to emulate what the President has done at Mtambanyama. Everyone who has something little should contribute to where he went for studies. If we can all do that, the issue of learners learning under the tree will be a thing of the past. Let’s love our country and contribute whatever we can,” Khwethemule appealed.
Khwetemule said people in Malawi should strive bring unity of purpose, which the Malawian leader was promoting to enhance development at all levels.
In his sermon, Mtambanyama ECM Synod Chairperson, Charles Mawaya said envy is the main challenge that disturbs the growth of development in different setups of the country.
Mawaya, therefore, asked people to be tolerant with each other and create space to those that have been given mandate to perform various tasks to achieve their aspirations.
“Don’t criticize somebody’s plan because you never know one day such plans will come to fruition. Let’s give chance to those who dream to make their dreams become a reality like what our President has done.
“He dreamed of building a Thyolo-Thekerani-Muona Road, look now the dream is a reality despite some people saying it will not happen,” Mawaya said.
Formally known as Kabula by the British Missionary Joseph Booth, the Evangelical Church of Malawi was introduced in Malawi in 1893.
The church relocated to Thyolo after the missionaries started cultivating tea and coffee before they turned to focus on spreading the word of GOD alone.
According to Mawaya, President Peter Mutharika was a Sunday school student of the congregation and no wonder the welfare of people in the area remained at his heart, the core principles of ECM teaching.
Since 1893 the church has been headed by foreign missionaries, until 1964 when Pastor Namalika was chosen to be the first Malawian to lead the church.
President Mutharika also visited Herera Oaxley Clinic and also inspected Mtambanyama Maternity Wing, which is a subsidiary entity of the congregation.
This article was last modified on August 14, 2017, 10:04 am