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KAZAKO—It has been easy to miss out on some of the positives due to public euphoria

The government Sunday reacted to the pastoral letter which Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has released.

The church, in the pastoral letter which clerks read in all churches under Nkhoma Synod, charges that the fight against corruption has been lost.

The church leaders have also accused the Tonse Alliance-led administration of failing to fulfill promises made ahead of the court-ordered June 23 2020 presidential election.

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Reacting to the letter, government spokesperson Gospel Kazako told The Daily Times that the current administration remained committed to delivering the Malawi that all Malawians would like to see.

According to Kazako, what is coming out of the Nkhoma Synod Pastoral Letter is part of the strong voices that have been victims of broken systems that existed for the past 26 years.

“We understand the impatience but the same impatience is a translation of confidence the church has in the President (Lazarus Chakwera) and his administration [to the effect] that they have the capability to fix this country into a better form. We understand the entire circle of the issue.

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“We are also aware that it has been easy to miss out on some of the positives due to the public euphoria that has been motivated by the choice to ignore the numerous positives this administration has made,” Kazako said.

He said the government respected voices that remind it to do more and increase speed.

The information minister added that Capital Hill also appreciated the millions of voices that had confidence in the administration and were able to see “progress we are making in a difficult time like this”.

“Malawians are justified to be impatient, given history of the past 26 years. They are actually exploiting the opportunity and freedom that they have for the first time in their history, when they have a government they can communicate to and discuss their issues of interest [with].

“This is our design and we are neither shocked nor disturbed. This is part of our moving together with all Malawians, including the church. Malawi will not be the same and it is President [Lazarus] Chakwera and his government that will deliver that sort of Malawi,” Kazako said.

Speaking earlier, General Assembly of CCAP Moderator Bizwick Nkhoma said the assembly had received the letter and would sit down to scrutinise its contents before commenting on it.

Politician and social commentator Ken Msonda Sunday asked Malawians to give the Tonse Alliance-led administration time to change things for the better.

While describing the letter as “brilliant”, the Democratic Progressive Party member said most issues raised therein were already being addressed by government.

According to Msonda, it is wrong to accuse the Lazarus Chakwera-led administration of practising nepotism when “people from all regions have been appointed to various top positions in government and parastatals”.

University of Livingstonia political scientist George Phiri said the issues raised in the pastoral letter were not necessarily new, adding that they were also raised by other groups, such as Catholic bishops and the Public Affairs Committee.

According to Phiri, it was incumbent upon the Tonse Administration to change the things that Malawians are worried about.

Speaking at Mitawa CCAP in Mulanje Presbytery, General Secretary for Blantyre Synod, the Reverend Billy Gama, said, as a Synod, they agreed with contents of the pastoral letter by Nkhoma Synod.

He said the contents were a true representation of the country’s social, economic and political situation

Gama said Blantyre Synod would also be sitting down to reflect on the issues affecting Malawi and come up with their own pastoral letter guided by their relevant church courts.

He said it was true that the current leadership had failed to bring the desired change following the rising cost of living, nepotism, corruption, security lapses, among other dents under the Tonse Alliance administration as highlighted by the Nkhoma Synod.

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