Catholic Church bails out Transformation Alliance


The Blantyre Archdiocese of the Catholic Church has provided Transformation Alliance (TA) with a venue to hold its first national conference after College of Medicine cancelled the grouping’s booking.

The pressure group’s spokesperson, Leonard Chimbanga, said the Archdiocese has given them St Pius Hall in Blantyre.

Chimbanga said the place is ideal for the conference because most guests are lodging near the premises.


About 600 delegates are expected to attend the conference which is on August 25 and international delegates are expected in the country from today and Thursday.

Later on Saturday, TA members will convene at Grace Bandawe Conference Centre for postmortem of Friday’s meeting.

“We are glad to report that the Catholic Church through St Pius Parish have allowed us to use their hall. We approached them as time was not on our side, we could not cancel the conference and they have been helpful. The most important thing was the venue and that is in order.


“We are not at war with anybody, we have invited everybody that matter in this country and I should also mention that we invited the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and they have said they will send people,” he said.

The conference was initially scheduled to take place at the College of Medicine Sports Complex but got cancelled at the eleventh hour.

According to TA officials, authorities at the college told them the conference would not take place at their premises citing noise as a concern to the students at the campus.

However, the move has been described as political.

Among other delegates that have confirmed to attend the conference is Zambia’s opposition party leader, Saviour Chishimba,

Chishimba has been in the limelight for reporting alleged corrupt practices and fraud by Zambian and Malawian government officials in the Maize-gate scandal.

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