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Archbishop Ziyaye condemns selective justice

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ARCHBISHOP Tarcisius Ziyaye of Lilongwe Archdiocese of the Catholic Church yesterday took advantage of the country’s 53rd independence anniversary national service of worship in Lilongwe to express his dismay at corruption, selective justice and slow pace of development.

In his four point English sermon, Ziyaye also used the platform to powerfully speak against homosexuality and abortion.

Ziyaye said nobody can deny  that there has been development since 1964, there was good harvest this season and there is need to thank God for his kindness but Malawi is not a maintenance country and needs to forge ahead and make progress in human development.

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His sermon got inspiration from Deuteronomy Chapter 26:1-11 which President Peter Mutharika read.

“There has not been enough development to raise the living standards of most Malawians. The book of Deuteronomy is written in a form of last testament where the past is recalled in order to shape the future.

“What is our future? Yes indeed the government is making efforts in development activities. But there are challenges and obstacles on the way to prosperity and development,” Ziyaye said.

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He said people in the country should fear God and respect, and not fear, one another. According to Ziyaye, those who engage in corruption in the country do not fear God but Police and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

“When somebody has stolen public funds, those who know what has happened do not blow the whistle for fear of being victimised. In this country, we cannot uproot corruption without discipline and moral principles. If one has stolen public funds, he is a thief and should be punished immediately. Selective justice should have no place in our country. Nobody is above the law,” he said.

Ziyaye said God is good and wants to continue blessing Malawi but that depends on how the country responds to His generosity and goodness. “Relying on God’s help, we can uproot corruption at all levels in all sectors of our society. There is selfishness and stealing of public funds which are meant for the poor people. Poor services and laziness hinder development. This country can be developed beyond recognition,” he said.

Ziyaye then said for Public Service Reforms agenda to achieve its purpose, Malawians need transformation of the heart, otherwise the reforms will be on paper forever. In his Chichewa sermon, Seventh-day Adventist President, Frackson Kuyama said despite the challenges that Malawians are facing, they should be thanking God for some blessings in their lives.

“When God blesses us we have to be thankful. Sometimes our complaints hide some good things that God does to us,” Kuyama said.

Mutharika said Malawians have some reasons, including the enjoyment of peace since independence, to thank God for. Mutharika said his government remains upbeat that the country’s economic rebound is sustainable. “Everyone lost confidence in the economy and many lost heart. We set out on the poor economy but providence was on our side,” Mutharika said.

He also said the fight against corruption is for all Malawians and there is no need for some people to politicise such a fight.

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