CCJP urges Malawians to own Catholic pastoral letters

Mzuzu, Mzuzu Diocese Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP) has described pastoral letters authored by the country’s Catholic Bishops as a voice for all Malawians.

CCJP Mzuzu Diocesan Coordinator, Arnold Msimuko said this week during CCJP’s interaction with the media on the 2019 tripartite elections.

He said the message contained in the letters directly affect all Malawians at various particular times, hence the need for all people to consider the documents as their own.

When Catholic Bishops write those letters, they present various situations, challenges and other prevailing conditions faced by all people in the country regardless of religion.

It is for this reason that we are urging all Malawians of all religious beliefs to start thinking that the views expressed in the letters concern the nation, hence the need to own them, said Msimuko.

He said not everybody would express their feelings to authorities, hence the need for some sections like Bishops to represent them.

When Bishops author the letters, they do not just mention issues that affect the Catholic faithful alone.

The letters cover national issues so the nation should own them as they help to influence some decisions for the good of the nation, he said.

Making a presentation on next week’s tripartite elections, Lead Facilitator for the meeting, Isaac Ziba pleaded with Malawians to choose leaders who have shown the passion and desire to change the nation for the better.

Ziba said time has come for Malawians to stop voting on party, regional or tribal lines but concentrate on leaders who will help spearhead the nation’s transformation agenda.

What we need now are leaders who have genuine passion to develop this nation for the better. We are tired of mentioning neighbouring countries which are doing well development wise while Malawi keeps lagging behind, he said.

Ziba further asked the media in the country to take a leading role in enlightening people on the need to vote and choose leaders who are able to understand development needs of the country.

Source: MANA Online