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The Anglican Bishop of Southern Malawi, Rt. Reverend Alinafe Kalemba has asked people to register to vote in next year’s tripartite elections without fail.

The Malawi Electoral Commission starts the biometric voter registration exercise on June 26, 2018.

“If you think things are ok in terms of governance in Malawi, vote in numbers for a continuation of government; but if you things [governance and government] are not going in the right direction, then go and vote for a change and help change things; vote according to your conscious,” he said

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The Bishop urged the youth to actively participate in issues of governance at all levels, be it in church or national governance.

He condemned the accelerating acts of intimidation, use of foul language by political leaders.

The Bishop made the sentiments on Saturday in Chikwawa, during an event when the Church was commemorating some early missionaries of the Universities Mission to Central Africa (UMCA), that saw the establishment of the first Anglican Church in the country, along the banks of Shire River.

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“Abusive politics, use of foul language and castigation of political opponents dents the reputation of the country; hence Malawians should not give room to such politicians and habits,” he said

“Why should people physically fight on the political arena? I stress that such politics is primitive and it is time political leaders and their followers learn to practice clean politics,” said Kalemba, during the event which was also graced by former Vice President Justin Malewezi.

Kalemba urged Christians to partake in politics, either as contestants, leaders or political followers. However he warned them against emulating the current status quo, where politics is polluted by violence, castigations, including use of foul language.

“You Christians must join politics and change the political terrain to the practice of better politics, let us emulate our guest of honour [Malewezi], who has an undented reputation of practicing civilized, mature and clean politics. Join politics but don’t join the crusade of dirty politics, make a difference,” he said.

On his part, Malewezi urged Anglican youth to be responsible and plan their future. He said it was also important that the youth takes a leading role in the church, governance, including other areas such as politics.

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