Government says it appreciates the positive contributions the church particularly the Anglican Church was making in uplifting the lives of Malawians through various sectors.
President Prof. Peter Mutharika said this Tuesday when he held an audience with Anglican Bishops for the Central Africa Province at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
The meeting which lasted close to hour also focused on finding best ways how the church and government could work together to accelerate development and improve the lives of the poor.
The President said the church has been helping in improving the education, health and agriculture sectors which are the pillars of the country’s development.
“My government recognizes the role that the Anglican Church is playing in accelerating development through our various sectors. For instance, when the country was faced with drought and floods, the church joined hands in providing relief support to the victims,” Mutharika said.
He added, “As you continue to provide support for the soul and the body, I wish to assure you of my support and pray that together we could build a better country.”
The Malawi leader also appealed to the bishops to help in inculcating in the citizenry the spirit of patriotism, integrity and hard work.
Arch Bishop Albert Chama, Head of the Anglican Central Africa Province who also led the delegation commended the President for creating an enabling environment for faith leaders specifically by allowing them to take part in the development agenda of the country.
He said the Anglican Church has enjoyed a cordial relationship that exists between the church and government and was hopeful that this would continue.
Arch Bishop Chama pledged total support in the areas that the church was already assisting particularly, health, education and agriculture.
“We came here first to congratulate the President on his ascendance to power in 2014 and pray for wisdom as he guides this great nation and secondly to discuss on how the church could help in developing the Malawi nation and also the role it can play now that the country is faced with food crisis.
“It is pleasing to note that the Anglican Church has today pledged to do everything it can to support our brothers and sisters and to this far, we have asked our sister within and outside Africa to stand together with Malawi and compliment to the government’s efforts in managing the hunger situation,” he said.
Arch Bishop Chama encouraging President Mutharika to continue fighting as he rebuilds the country’s economy which he said was not only for Malawi but for all countries in Africa.
“Mr. President, Malawi is not alone in this challenge, the African economies are in shambles and we just need to keep our faith work hard, be committed and in everything ask God to give us wisdom to prosper our nations,” the Bishop said.
The Bishops took an opportunity of their Episcopal conference which is being held in Lilongwe to meet the Malawi leader.
The Central African Anglican province was established in 1955 and inaugurated in Malawi. The province comprises of four countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.