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Peter Mutharika calls for unity of purpose

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President Peter Mutharika on Saturday called on members of the clergy to join hands with his government in serving Malawians.

Speaking when he interacted with faith leaders from the Northern Region at Mzuzu State lodge the Malawi leader said politics and religion are not in contradiction, and can thus work together in improving people’s welfare.

Flanked by his advisor on religious affairs Timothy Khoviwa and other government dignitaries, Mutharika condemned corruption, which some of it he said is happening in the faith community.

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“As government we will always enforce strict laws to end moral corruption. We are doing our part but you must also do your part,” he said.

Mutharika also implored the religious leaders to champion the fight against human trafficking, theft and attacks on people with albinism by instilling moral uprightness among Malawians.

“Some of the networks are actually hiding behind church work, condemn theft, intolerance, killings of albinos. These and other devilish acts are committed by your flock!” charged Mutharika.

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The president then disclosed his plans to send a delegation to neighbouring Tanzania in order to learn on how they dealt with the barbaric attacks on persons with albinism

He further briefed them on the status of various development projects in the region like the Mombera University; the Livingstonia- Njakwa and Mzuzu Nkhatabay roads which he said will soon take shape.

Taking his turn leader of delegation Reverend Nashon Zonda of Church of African Presbyterian (CAP) hailed Mutharika for holding the clergy in high esteem and further asked the president to pay particular attention to the looming hunger crisis.

Zonda also seized the opportunity to chide the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) for giving Mutharika ultimatums to act on issues of national interest.

“Pac should not serve personal interests and refrain from giving deadlines because they cause unnecessary panic. They should have the poor Malawians at heart. Otherwise we are grateful for the technical committee you have put in place to liaise with PAC on matters that concern the citizenry,” Zonda explained.

On Sunday Mutharika attended a prayer service at St Marks Anglican Church, ahead of his official inauguration of the Nkhatabay Hospital Monday.

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