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By Faith Kadzanja:

Former Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare principal secretary (PS), Mary Shawa, has called on Malawians to vote for a God-fearing leader in the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

In a video clip making rounds on the social media, Shawa, who is also a nutritionist, said Malawians, especially those in rural areas, are languishing in poverty due to rampant corruption in the country.

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Shawa, who has, in the clip, described herself as a professional civil servant, said she was bothered by poverty levels in Malawi.

“I have worked with all the presidents in the country and what bothers me at the moment is the fact that poverty in this country is not reducing [sic] among poor people in rural areas. What also worries me so much is the institutionalisation of stealing.

“If someone gets corrupt money [sic], people will tend to defend that or if someone has stolen money you do not see any direct dealing with that particular issue and God will not bless us as a nation,” she said.

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Shawa also said the Farm Input Subsidy Programme benefits a few Malawians; hence, there is need for fertiliser standard pricing.

“I am calling on Malawians to go and vote wisely and better vote for a leader who is God-fearing,” Shawa said.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Shawa said she would not disclose the identity of the God-fearing leader.

The presidential race has attracted Lazarus Chakwera (Malawi Congress Party), Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party, Reverend Kaliya (independent), John Chisi (Umodzi Party), Peter Kuwani (Mbakuwaku Movement for Development), Saulos Chilima (UTM) and Atupele Muluzi (United Democratic Front).

Shawa retired on June 19 2018 from the civil service.

Last week, the Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian released a1l- page pastoral letter calling on its members to vote for a leader with no record of corruption and a leader who would not defend thieves, mafias and terrorists.

The letter was entitled: ‘An Opportunity to Choose a Leader with Good Reputation, Full of The Holy Spirit and Wisdom’.

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