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Church vows not to relax on providing checks, balances

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The General Assembly of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has said it will continue with its advisory role and offering constructive criticism to the new government, saying this is the church’s responsibility.

The General Assembly, which is the umbrella of all five CCAP synods of Livingstonia, Nkhoma, Blantyre and Harare in Zimbabwe and Lusaka in Zambia, said positive criticism helps the government not to lose direction.

The General Assembly’s Moderator, Reverend Timothy Nyasulu, said this yesterday during celebrations of Malawi’s peaceful election which Livingstonia Synod organised at its headquarters in Mzuzu.

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Nyasulu said the church’s role should always be advising the government and praying for good leadership so that the President governs the nation according to the will of God and the citizenry.

“We are going to continue as the church to be a watchdog for the government. We are going to help the government to develop the country and wherever it goes wrong, we are going to speak out because this is our responsibility,” Nyasulu said.

Livingstonia Synod General Secretary, Reverend Levi Nyondo, agreed with Nyasulu and went on to say that the new government has one month to get set and start delivering on its promises.

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Nyondo said the Livingstonia Synod is looking for a leader who will not be segregating Malawians based on their regional, tribal and religious lines when developing the country.

“Livingstonia Synod will never change. We are going to continue praying for the new President and also provide the required advice. If we are going to see something wrong, we are going to speak. The grace period is valid for a month,” Nyondo said.

This was the first time the synod, which used to heavily criticise the administration of former president Peter Mutharika, held celebrations after an election.

Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera—who led the Tonse Alliance with his running mate Saulos Chilima—floored the pair of Mutharika and his running mate Atupele Muluzi at the fresh presidential election which was ordered by the courts which nullified Mutharika’s 2019 re-election.

Chakwera and Chilima had petitioned the courts seeking the nullification on the basis of widespread and systematic irregularities. The courts agreed with the arguments of the two.

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