By Yohane Symon
Archbishop of Blantyre Archdiocese of Catholic Church Thomas Luke Msusa has urged Malawians to use the festive season to reflect on the need to get rid of the habit of blaming each other when the country is facing challenges.
Msusa made the remarks in an interview after donating fertiliser to some needy people at Iba Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Katuli, Mangochi.
The archbishop observed that the country can move forward if Malawians start taking part in solving challenges without blaming others.
“What is happening is that we are all spectating how things are going on in this country. But this should not be the case because we all have a role to play. We need to all take part in solving our challenges so that things can improve,” he said.
He further urged Malawians to be vigilant in taking care of their respective families without waiting for other people to assist them.
“We appreciate that some things are not going well at the moment but let us be vigilant in taking care of our families. We need to be working or doing something which will help us contribute something to our country. We cannot sit down and expect all the problems in our families to end on their own,” Msusa said.
Msusa also spoke against the tendency of theft among Malawians, saying a lot of Malawians are failing to leave their homes and celebrate elsewhere during the festive season for fear of thieves.
“In 2022, I appeal to Malawians to stop engaging in corrupt practices because corruption is evil and it slows down development at any level,” he said.
The bishop said the festive season should remind Christians that “Jesus Crist is coming to give us new life, to lead us into good life”.
“Jesus has everything in heaven but He has considered Himself to stay among us so that we should be saved.
We should be like Him, which means we have to have good life.
“Therefore, I would like to invite all Malawians, people of good will, that as we are celebrating the birth of our Lord, the saviour of the world, let us think the way Jesus did. He is always giving His life for others, we should also be people for others,” he said.
Msusa said his friends from America gave him money to support the needy on Christmas.
“But I decided that I should help people who received their coupons but have no money to redeem the inputs. So we are redeeming fertiliser by paying K15,000 to 75 beneficiaries. We hope this will help the beneficiaries to be food secure next year,” he said.
One of on the beneficiaries Lukiya Anafi from Mponda Village, TA Jalasi in the district, thanked the bishop for the donations which she described as timely considering that a lot of people are failing to buy fertiliser due to lack of money.
Recently, some Malawians, led by activist Bon Kalindo, have been staging d e m o n s t r a t i o n s demanding that government should find solutions to the rising prices of commodities.
The group wants government to ensure that prices of basic commodities such as cooking oil, soap, sugar, fuel and water tariffs are reduced.
In a statement titled ‘Heed the Cry of the People; The Call of Moses’ and issued on December 8, 2021, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace added its voice to growing calls for Tonse Alliance administration to find solutions to the rising cost of living.
But Information Minister Gospel Kazako said they, too, share the pain and discomfort that comes with what he described as a recalibration process.
Kazako said the suffering would not be permanent as they are building a Malawi that is solid and sustainable.
President Lazarus Chakwera recently unveiled a two-year Covid-19 Socio-economic Recovery Plan (Serp) that seeks to revive the country’s battered economy through various interventions.
In his national address Tuesday, Chakwera said Serp, which will cost the country at least K500 billion and will cover between 2021 and 2013, will ensure Malawi stays on course with the implementation of MW2063 first 10-year rollout plan.
He said, in the next few weeks, his administration will engage cooperating partners and citizens to unpack the plan’s details.