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Deal with social ills, Mutharika told

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The Blantyre Synod of the Church of the Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) has asked president Mutharika and Christians in the country to deal with social ills which have resulted in the elite accumulating wealth while the majority are struggling.

Rev Dr Takuze Chitsulo, a lecturer at Zomba Theological College, said this yesterday in his sermon during the celebrations of St Michaels and All Angels Church which marked 125 years of it’s existence.

His sermon, titled ‘Fix Your World by Placing Jesus at a Rightful Place’, was taken from the books of Isaiah 42 verses 1 to 9, 1 John verses 1 to 9 and the Gospel according to Matthew Chapter 5 verses 13 to 16.

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“Every day, we read in the papers that Malawi is a sick nation, and this sickness is characterised by a number of evils such as the killing of people with albinism, the collapsing economy, lack of medicine in the hospitals, corruption which I would call ‘economies of extraction’ where only few elite are using the little available resources for their own benefit, this is economic injustice we need to deal with.

“We also need to do away with foreign cultures, because Malawi— whose politics started here at St Michaels through the missionaries who started building this place— stands on morality. We cannot afford to assimilate foreign cultures because they are not part of us,” said Rev Dr Chitsulo.

Concurring with the sermon, Blantyre Synod General Secretary Rev Alex Benson Maulana said Malawians need a collective repentance for the evils rocking the country.

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“If it is indeed true that 85 percent of Malawians are Christians then we should ask ourselves ‘why are the majority corrupt? Why are we killing people with albinism as if they were not created in the same image of God? Why are we losing morality? Where is the respect for our leaders more especially for the Head of State?’

“If someone has no faith in God and what He has given us, as a country we are wrong, we should not blame God for the hunger in the country because God has given us plenty water that flows in Lake Malawi, through Shire River to Zambezi 24-7, it is time that every land near these large water bodies [was] irrigated to eradicate this hunger,” said Maulana.

On the other hand Maulana also hailed Mutharika, who graced the celebrations as the guest of honour together with First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, for condemning the brutal and barbaric attacks of persons with albinism. He also asked Mutharika not to allow homosexuality in the country.

In his address, Mutharika hailed the church for playing a critical role in the liberation of the country.

He however reminded the church of its role in fighting evil and moral corruption in the society.

“Let me urge the church to remember that you have an important role in the building of the nation, it is your calling to fight evil and moral corruption in a society. Moral corruption is like a worm that eats the very heart of national development. You must help government in fighting moral corruption and evil in all its disguises,’ said Mutharika.

Mutharika also lamented the growing numbers of people being trafficked to other countries, describing the act as modern day slavery.

“The missionaries fought slavery because it was evil for one human to sell another human and turn him into a beast of burden, we have men and women being sold to other countries where they work as slaves and the church must help because some of these people doing this are your members,” he said.

He also condemned the brutal killing and abduction of persons with albinism and the continual theft of drugs in public hospitals saying stealing medicine is killing.

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