Party politics destroying Malawi—Bishop Alinafe Kalemba


The Anglican Bishop of Southern Malawi, Alinafe Kalemba, has said partisan party politics is a chief factor destroying Malawi and chocking its development agenda.

Speaking during a consecration ceremony of a priest and deacons at St Pauls Anglican Church Cathedral in Blantyre on Saturday, Kalemba also bashed Malawian professionals for sinking so low and allowing to be used by politicians instead of working for the betterment of the country.

“Party politics is derailing this country, for instance, the State President [Peter Mutharika] is for all and he is not supposed to act as if he were a mere party president. The President should embrace those capable when it comes to formulating and implementing development agenda for the country, it is ideal that he should involve those capable and not sideline any because of the parties they belong to; he should use good brains to help him for the betterment of Malawi,” said Kalemba, stressing state presidency is about the country and not just for the ruling party.


He blamed high-profile people and all Malawians for watching things getting out of hand and clapping hands for things that would not help the country while dancing to the tunes of politicians.

“You people of high profile, why not do things professionally and avoid dancing to the tunes of partisan political ideals? If we do away with our professionalism and become puppets, then we are destroying Malawi. Let us do away with this and the country can change, let us be professional and act that way because that is our calling from God,” Kalemba said.

He said everyone has a duty to make Malawi a better place and corruption-free.


Kalemba said there was a tendency of only pointing fingers at those ruling the country and not doing self-soul-searching.

“Where we are, where we are working and in whatever we are doing, is there no corruption? Are we not stealing? Are we not helping those in power to abuse it and in the end clap hands for them? Let us change at whatever level and strive to build a better Malawi,” he said.

Kalemba said ordinary citizens should be patriotic and hold leaders accountable.

“Make sure that you help bring a scenario where the State president is for all of us, we should not clap hands and support zopepera [trivialities] … The state president should stand for all, he should not be a party president no, he is above that,” he said.

Kalemba said it was important that in whatever Malawians do, God should reign high and love should prevail.

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