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Synod warns govt on Chibambo burial site

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Livingstoria Synod of the CCAP has threatened to exhume the body of veteran politician Rose Chibambo from the burial site if government does not take care of the place.

The synod’s general secretary Levi Nyondo gave the warning yesterday at St.

Andrews CCAP Church during funeral service for Chibambo who passed on last week at the age of 88.

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Nyondo attacked government for failing to take care of the mausoleum for another freedom fighter from the north, Chakufwa Chihana. He said Chihana’s burial site at Kawiluwilu in Mzuzu City has turned into grazing land for animals.

“Experience has taught us that government does not take care of burial sites of acres especially here in the Northern Region. When government gave a burial site for Chihana, we clapped hands but we clapped in vain. Go there and you will cry. Animals are grazing there.

“We are grateful to government for opening a burial site here where Rose Chibambo will be kept. As a synod, we ask you to take care of the place. We shall give you one year and if nothing happens there, the synod has powers to go and exhume her and bury her at Ekwendeni. In the name of Jesus, we will exhume her,” said Nyondo who referred to the site as Mzuzu Heroes Acre.

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Nyondo also gave the synod’s position on homosexuality declaring that homosexuality is a sin and the Bible is clear about that.

“Our stand is that homosexuality is 100 percent a sin. This Bible is above Geneva declarations. The Bible is above human rights. It is better that we Malawians die with Jesus in poverty than with donor money in sin,” Nyondo said.

Before Nyondo spoke, the synod moderator Reverend Douglas Chipofya interrupted the programme by calling on Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera and interim Peoples Party leader Uladi Mussa to speak although they were not on the programme to speak.

In his speech, Chakwera apologised to Malawians for the atrocities committed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) during the one party era. His statement came following previous statements from other speakers that Chibambo fled into exile during MCP rule.

“Whatever evil happened or misunderstandings that led people to leave the country, that should be forgotten and forgiven. On behalf of the MCP and in my own capacity as president of MCP, we mourn just like you,” said Chakwera.

And on his part, Mussa called on the government to consider coming up with a retirement package for heroes and heroines who are still living.

Vice President Saulos Chilima did not respond to the issues raised by Nyondo, Mussa and others. Instead he gave comforting message to the bereaved family. He urged the family not to lose faith in God.

Chilima also praised the late Chibambo for her level headedness and patriotism for Malawi.

One of the family members, Kamuzu Chibambo thanked government for according Chibambo a funeral with military honours.

The church service was led by moderator Chipofya.

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