OME Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Grace Chiumia, has said that partisan politics has resulted in ethnic and religious divisions which have eroded gains registered through independence.
Speaking when she represented President Peter Mutharika during this year’s independence celebrations in Mzuzu, Chiumia challenged Malawians to ignore their differences and embrace peace and unity in honour of those who fought for the country’s sovereignty.
“Politicians are dividing us, Malawians, resulting in retrogression. Let us unite as one nation. Let us learn to respect our leaders and ensure that we are appreciative of the development they bring,” Chiumia said.
She alluded to hateful remarks by politicians that put locals against the government of the day that in some cases result in acrimony among Malawians.
“Malawians want politics of development not those that divide them. Our priority should be peace and stability because, without them, there will not be development in our country. Malawians should learn to invest in hard work if we are to develop,” he said.
Mzuzu City Member of Parliament, Leonard Njikho, said unity of purpose is important to a nation that needs to wage war against backwardness, illiteracy and poverty.
“We need to rally behind goals of fighting poverty and to progress towards economic development targets. Unity of purpose can lead to certain achievements in social, economic and political spheres,” Njikho said.
Church leaders, including CCAP Synod of Livingstonia’s Moderator, Reverend Douglas Chipofya, prayed for unity among Malawians.
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