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Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace challenged to speak for the voiceless

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Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) Secretary General Fr. Henry Saindi has challenged national and diocesan secretaries for Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) to continue playing an advocacy and governance role, especially to the voiceless including the unborn child, the marginalised and the oppressed.

Saindi was speaking when he opened a day-long meeting for the CCJP secretaries at Catholic Secretariat in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

The meeting aimed at reviewing CCJP projects and programmes and planning for the future.

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The meeting also took time to bid farewell to the National CCJP Secretary Martin Chiphwanya who is leaving CCJP for further studies abroad.

“Through our unity of purpose, team work and coordination as CCJP family, we have achieved a lot. Let me, therefore, remind each one of you that we will certainly remain great as CCJP family if we are united and work as a team, united we stand, together we fall,” said Saindi.

He said while taking pride in the successes achieved so far, there is a need, with humility, to acknowledge that in certain areas CCJP has not done well.

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“We faced and we continue to face a number of challenges. We are challenged to explore new ways of doing our work. We cannot continue operating business as usual. There is some mess which people expect us to clean up,” he said.

Meanwhile, Saindi has urged CCJP Secretaries to plan for the 2019 tripartite elections.

He said CCJP contribution will only be significant in the manner it prepares and plan for this important national event.

On Chiphwanya, Saindi commended him for the major strides and achievements CCJP has made when he was at the helm of CCJP.

“Martin, you had passion for your job and CCJP will greatly miss you. Please continue being the voice for voiceless wherever you may be. On behalf of ECM, I wish you all the best as you take up the new challenge back in the classroom as a student! Best wishes! We have no doubt that you will succeed,” he said.

Chiphwanya, who replaced Chris Chisoni in 2015, said: “The studies will help build my capacity and enhance my understanding of issues to enable me to undertake effective advocacy. Certainly, the skills gained will help the Church and the nation greatly.”

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