Christians from different denominations in Mzuzu Tuesday braved the rains to participate in a match against abortion and same-sex marriage.
The match, which was organized by the Evangelical Association of Malawi and Episcopal Conference of Malawi, started at Katoto Secondary School ground to Mzuzu City Council where a petition was presented to the City Council.
The heavy rains did not deter the Christians from various denominations under the two church bodies who came out in large numbers and chanted songs against abortion and same sex marriages.
The demonstration was dubbed “The Citizen Match for Life and Family” under the theme “Lighting the Candle”.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency after presenting the petition, Vice Chairperson of the organizing committee, Bishop Alex Msikiti, said the aim of the match was to voice out their concerns against legalizing abortion and same sex marriages.
“Our aim of this demonstration was to express our concerns to relevant authorities, especially Members of Parliament so that they should know that life is more important,” he said.
The Bishop said proper consultations were made before reaching the point of holding national wide demonstrations so that the Christians can voice out their concerns.
Mzuzu City Council Director of Administration, Victor Masina, who received the petition on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer, said he was happy with the peaceful way the demonstrations were conducted.
“I am very happy with this peaceful demonstration and I want to assure you the petition will be presented to the right authorities on time,” he said.
The petition which has been addressed to the President, Speaker of National Assembly, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Minister of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare reads: “Same sex marriage is not allowed and there is need to respect marriage”.
Some of the notable dignitaries that graced the match which ended at Mzuzu High Court were Bishop John Ryan of Roman Catholic, Bishop Fanuel Magangani of Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi, Reverend Douglas Chipopya, Moderator of CCAP Synod of Livingstonia and Bishop Mwakisungu of Seventh Day among others.
Over two thousand people representing 68 religious denominations took part during the match.
In a similar development,Rumphi-based church leaders also led their flock in a peaceful demonstration march against ‘Termination of Pregnancy Draft Bill’ and presented their petition to the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) through the district commissioner.
The demonstrators (from ECM and EAM) carried placards and chanted songs denouncing the proposed draft bill. Theymarched from Bumba CCAP Church to the District Commissioner’s office accompanied by police officers in anti-riot gear.
“Donor countries do not force us to abandon God-given values, No to Abortion, No to Same Sex marriages”, these were some of the messages on the placards.
Speaking after presenting the petition, Reverend Major Makuni Gondwe, said the churches had taken the stance against abortion because it is evil in the eyes of God and tantamount to killing.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA