Leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, has taken all the necessary means to call for peace in the country as the May 21 2019 elections case ruling draws closer.
The verdict was scheduled for release within 45 days from the final day of the case hearing which was in December last year.
Having made several calls to the nation to prepare them for the outcome and refrain from violence after the verdict, Bushiri has decided to go artistic and this time around using various arts disciplines including comedy to appeal for peace and calm.
Spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo, said Monday that Bushiri realised that art was a powerful tool in disseminating key messages hence utilising it to call for peace.
Among others, Bushiri has used comedy by working with Chikolopa Arts which has produced different episodes.
Chikolopa Arts is a group based in the Northern Region which has been doing arts for some time. The group has members such as Fwasani Silungwe, who stars Buyazonkie in the comic, Taniel Mwakaghe as Honde and Chiukepo Simfukwe as Bucherman.
“This is just part of our Shepherd Bushiri Foundation (SBF) programmes of spearheading peace narratives and discussions before and after elections case outcome,” Nyondo said.
He said the goal for utilising art was to ensure that the country does not crack up because of the ruling.
“One way to achieve that is to raise awareness of the importance of peace. So we are using comedies to do that. These comedies have already been done and they will be spread out using different platforms so that people get the much needed entertainment but also at the same time get the message,” Nyondo said.
He added that the comics were educative and that they underline the importance of dialogue, understanding and tolerance among Malawians.
Nyondo said Bushiri was also using other arts disciplines including music apart from comics in calling for peace.