:Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance running mate for the forthcoming fresh presidential election, Atupele Muluzi has asked Malawians to desist from politics of castigation, saying it can fuel violence.
Muluzi was speaking Sunday at Mchengautuwa CCAP Church of the Livingstonia Synod where he attended a prayer service.
“I want to ask Malawians to stop politics of castigation as it has potential to raise political temperature and could potentially cause violence,” said Muluzi.
Quoting John 14:27 where the Bible says ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives,’ the DPP-UDF alliance running mate said peace is fundamental for any nation to develop.
“Jesus Christ did not leave anything to his disciples but peace because he knew that where there is peace everything is possible,” he said.
Muluzi said the country has been going through turbulent times for the past 12 months due to political intolerance which has impacted negatively on people’s right to enjoy peace.
He, therefore, advised Malawians to do all it takes for the country to be peaceful and united.
“We have to be united irrespective of our tribal, political and religious allegiances, we are all Malawians,” he said.
Muluzi further said the church has an important role in ensuring that there is always peaceful coexistence among Malawians.
“The message from President Prof. Peter Mutharika is that people should be united as the country prepares for the fresh presidential election and that they must pray for unity and prosperity for a better Malawi.
Parish Minister for Mchengautuwa CCAP, Reverend Alfred Mtonga advised politicians to be in the forefront in condemning any form of violence.
He said Malawi is known as a Warm Heart of Africa and a peace-loving country but it is sad that for the past few months Malawi has been politically volatile.
“I appeal to all political leaderships to be in the forefront condemning any form of violence taking place across the country because if they don’t, Malawians will feel that the leaders condone such behaviours,” he said.
Reverend Mtonga, therefore, advised Christians to desist from getting involved in violent acts, saying Christians are tools of peace in any nation.
Mtonga then applauded Muluzi for attending the church service, saying it was an honour for the church.
Muluzi donated K1 million towards development activities at the church and K400, 000 to Rejoice Mchengautuwa CCAP Women Choir.
Muluzi was accompanied by DPP officials who included Minister of Health and the party’s Treasurer General, Jappie Mhango, DDP Vice President for the North, Goodall Gondwe, DPP Regional Governor for the North and Christopher Mzomera Ngwira among others
Source: MANA Online