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Lazarus Chakwera hails government, church relationship

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President Lazarus Chakwera has hailed the cordial relationship that exists between the government and the Anglican Church in Malawi.

He said this is the reason he believed that, working together, they could counter misinformation on the issue of Covid vaccines.

Chakwera said this in Mzuzu Sunday when the Anglican Church of Northern Malawi had silver jubilee celebrations.

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“The diocese should continue being exemplary in its preaching and should also continue to pray for the country. The church should also help in disseminating the right information to people. Fake news is everywhere; even in the Bible, it was there.

“You remember when Jesus rose from the dead; others were spreading news that his body had been stolen, which was not true. The church, therefore, has to continue helping in spreading the right information, especially now when we are hit by Covid,” he said.

Chakwera added that he was ready to meet with religious leaders to discuss issues that would foster national development.

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Bishop Fanuel Magangani of Northern Malawi Diocese of the Anglican Church hailed the- government for removing duty and other taxes from construction materials for churches and mosques.

Magangani then asked Chakwera to find a lasting solution to the problem of rising prices of fertiliser and maintain or increase the number of beneficiaries of the Affordable Input Programme.

“We share the concerns of farmers on the high cost of fertiliser but we are happy that you have tackled the issue that the number of beneficiaries will not be trimmed. We would also have loved if Admarc [Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation] were supported more,” he said.

The event was also graced by Bishop Alinafe Kalemba of Southern Malawi and political leaders, among others.

Also in attendance at the event, held under the theme ‘25 Years of Life in Christ, A Call To Maturity’, was the founding Bishop for Northern Malawi Diocese emeritus Bishop Jackson Biggers.

The Anglican Church in Malawi has four dioceses and the other three are Southern Malawi, Upper Shire and Lake Malawi.

Northern Malawi Diocese was founded in 1995 and its silver jubilee was supposed to take place last year but failed due to the Covid pandemic.

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