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Nkhoma Synod censures govt

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By Mandy Pondani

Leadership of Nkhoma Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian has criticised Tonse Alliance government, describing it as a failed leadership.

In a leaked letter believed to have been authored by the leadership of Nkhoma Synod and reportedly expected to be read in the synod’s churches today titled ‘Kuthala Maso’, the synod has cited poor governance, nepotism and corruption, saying President Lazarus Chakwera’s administration has on its stance against corruption in years and is instead shielding those at the centre of the vice.

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In the pastoral letter signed by Synod Moderator Reverend Phillip Kambulire and Synod Clerk Reverend Alfred Nyanda, the church has said what is happening does not reflect the new Malawi that Chakwera and his alliance partners promised ahead of the court-sanctioned June 3, 2020 elections.

Kambulire’s phone went unanswered when we tried to call him several times yesterday but one of the reverends from one of the congregations in Kanengo confirmed to have been among the authors of the letter yesterday.

In the letter, the synod said Malawi is losing the fight against corruption and that those standing up against the vice are risking their lives.

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“Corrupt practices have permeated all spheres of our society to an extent that those who openly work against it are risking their lives…we yearn for a leadership that uses the rule of law and act decisively, appropriately and timely,” the letter says.

Nkhoma Synod leaders said the Tonse Alliance administration has failed to honour most of its campaign promises, saying the cost of living continues to rise for Malawians due to poor policies.

The latter says economic and job and business opportunities are open to close family members and cronies of political leaders at the expense of equally deserving Malawians, a tendency they say smacks of nepotism.

“There is an ongoing public outcry regarding nepotistic tendencies which are robbing the country of its development opportunities. Such tendencies are evident in recruitment of public servants who are connected to ruling elites, offering of businesses to corrupt foreign and local bidders…” the letter reads in part.

Highlighting the failure by government to recover the misappropriated K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds and accounting for the money that was spent during the 41st Southern African Development Community Heads of State Summit, the CCAP clerics said Chakwera administration lacks commitment to remain transparent and accountable to its citizens.

They said the current leadership is slow in making decisions such that the Cabinet still has alleged ‘incompetent’ individuals with underperforming officials serving in diplomatic missions.

While expressing concern over a projected poor harvest in 2021-22 season, Kambulire and team have called on Chakwera and Tonse Alliance to work on safeguarding the little harvest and also developing policies to reduce cost of living.

“The government should strategise methods of providing food supplies to the general Malawian population during the period of critical food shortage…It is also unfortunate that tobacco buyers only offer good prices on the day that the President is opening the market…,” they said.

The synod has since called on all Christians of good will to pray for Malawi, expressing fear that it is degenerating into a lawless nation with no regard for the rule of law and people’s rights.

Episcopal Conference of Malawi, which comprises all Catholic Bishops, also issued a similar letter in January in which they asked government to be fair and sincere in its fight against corruption.

Meanwhile, moderator of the General Synod of CCAP, Bizwick Nkhoma, has said the General Synod will analyse the pastoral letter Nkhoma Synod has issued today.

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