Mzuzu: Malawian clergy have asked Malawians to be patriotic to ensure development of the country.
The clergy made the call Friday at this year’s 54th Independence National Service of Worship held at Mzuzu State Lodge where President Peter Mutharika, who was in attendance, read Psalms 33 Vs 12- 15.
Livingstonia Synod Moderator for Church of Central Africa Presbytery, Reverend John Gondwe said time has come for Malawians to embrace sense of patriotism at all cost for the country’s development.
As Malawians, we should be proud of our country and love it. We should portray good image of our country to the outside world.
We need to work hard in whatever we do. In that way, we can effectively contribute towards socio-economic development of our country, said Reverend Gondwe
He also stressed the need to express love and unity amongst Malawians irrespective of traditional, cultural and political affiliations, saying unity is one of the most powerful tools for achieving development.
He, however, bemoaned the tendency of envy which he said is becoming common and that it is one of the underlying factors affecting different spheres of the country’s development.
In the same sermon, Pastor Frackson Kuyama of Seventh Day Adventist Church also called for promotion of tolerance amongst Malawians for the nation to be united.
Pastor Kuyama then asked Malawians to respect those in authority, emphasizing that leadership is God given.
During the service, the clergy prayed for unity, freedom, integrity, economic growth and eradication of corruption.
However, some notable figures who were conspicuously missing at the function included the Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima and Opposition leader in Parliament, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.
The theme for this year’s independence celebrations is Celebrating Unity, Freedom and Progress through patriotism, integrity and hard work.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA