President Banda urges church support for government, She also donates K1.5m and 200 cement bags0 Comments

By MANA-Online
Posted on 14 Oct 2013 at 5:07pm

Blantyre, October 13: President Dr. Joyce Banda has called on the religious fraternity to continue supporting and advising political leaders when necessary in order to ensure that good governance prevails in the country.

President Joyce Banda speaks during the function

President Joyce Banda speaks during the function

The President made the call when she presided over 80th Anniversary of St Columbus CCAP church, a branch of Blantyre synod to which the Malawi leader is a member.

“I urge the church leaders to support government if we are to achieve tremendous socio-economic development of the country.

“Advise me whenever it is necessary for the betterment of citizenry,” President Banda said.
Dr. Banda, however, hinted the need of unity between religious leaders and government, saying without spiritual growth one wouldn’t achieve anything. She then thanked the congregation for moral and spiritual support rendered towards her government.

“Let’s unite for the common cause and betterment of good governance. With your spiritual support, my government will be able to achieve much desired goals set by my administration.

“I thank St. Columbus CCAP Church, where I’m also a member, for spiritual support. I have experienced God’s mercies through this church,” she explained.

Prior to her speech, the Blantyre Synod General Secretary, Reverend Alex Makina, commended the President for dissolving the cabinet as one way of ensuring that corruption and money looting saga at Capital Hill is freely and fairly examined.

“Blantyre Synod disapproves the greed and selfish manner by other authorities that has led to plundering of government resources which, in the end, affects the people’s welfare.

“I commend you, Your Excellency for dissolving then cabinet as this will give room for free and fair examination in the on-going investigations of government’s money plundering,” said Rev. Makina.

The Synod Secretary also assured President Banda that the church would continue to pray for her to ensure that God’s wisdom directs her in the choice of the new cabinet that would serve Malawians sincerely.

In his sermon, Reverend Paul Mawaya called on the church members to ensure that as the church clocks 80, they should desire to know Christ more personally and not just cerebrate the years as a church which has nothing to do with salvation.

He also condemned mischievous behaviours by some church members, urging them to emulate what Jesus wants them to do unlike opposing to God’s commandments.

“Bad conduct should be uprooted from the church so that the church serves its purpose as a dignified house of the Lord where people can run to for hope, healing and all sorts of help as by purpose of the word of God,” he preached.

During the celebrations, President Banda made a donation of K1.5 million towards development projects undertaken by the church as well as 200 bags of cement to the youths who are currently renovating Namitanga church in Mulanje.

St Columbus CCAP church, whose membership is over 5, 000 opened its doors in 1932 as Kapeni Prayer House and adopted the name St Columbus in 1959 which derives from the Irish Missionary, Culumcille Columbus.

Ida Kazembe