The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Blantyre Synod has asked its flock and the public to elect a visionary and selfless leader during the fresh presidential election slated for June 23.
The synod, while giving the direction, said it is aware of its policy not to be involved in partisan politics.
In its communiqué signed by Moderator Reverend Masauko Mbolembole and General Secretary Billy Gama, Blantyre Synod says among the qualities people have to go for are a mature, humble, trusted, sober, caring and loving leader.
“It is our divine duty to choose a leader who stands for justice and stop the violence and destruction which many are silently suffering. Our vote can stop the violence, injustice and evil in this land,” reads part of the communiqué.
It further says that Malawi needs a leader who has patience to listen to his people.
Other qualities that the church has pointed out are a leader who will enhance and promote good governance, one who understands the rule of law, trustworthy and one who demands accountability.
“Tried and tested leaders make a big difference in crisis while those that are not familiar with national challenges and the ability to deal with them get overwhelmed because they do not normally know where to start from. Gambling on matters of leadership has never taken any nation far. In the presidency there is not much time to learn on the job,” the communiqué reads further.
The synod concludes by saying that Malawians should not allow themselves to be misled by candidates that are hungry for power because such candidates serve their own needs.
The statement comes at a time the synod’s leadership is being accused of politicising the pulpit by urging clerics to campaign for governing Democratic Progressive Party candidate Peter Mutharika ahead of the fresh election.
Malawians are expected to vote for the leader again after the courts nullified the 2019 presidential election and ordered a fresh poll within 150 days from February 3 when the Constitutional Court delivered its judgement which was later upheld by the Supreme Court.