The government might have said it is a holiday this Thursday and Malawians across the country will indeed have to observe the holiday but the Livingstonia synod of the CCAP has dismissed the holiday.
According to an internal letter which has been leaked to Malawi24, the general secretary for the synod Reverend Levi Nyondo has advised that there is no holiday for its members of staff this Thursday as the synod does not recognise the holiday.
“We don’t recognise the holiday on Thursday, as such you have to report for duties,” the letter orders.
Nyondo further says that the synod only recognises a number of holidays and on that list which he has shared with the members of staff there is no mention of the Eid holiday.
A member of staff who opted for anonymity told Malawi24 that he had received communication from the Synod to the effect that they will not be on holiday on Thursday.
“I don’t know who has told you but I can confirm that I saw the communication and, therefore, Thursday will be like usual,” the source told Malawi24.
As we published, the letter is going viral and with it are mixed reactions with some feeling that the church is championing religious discrimination while others feel that it is in line with the principles of the church.
“Livingstonia is not bound by Muslim beliefs and should not be forced to share those beliefs,” said a commentator.
On Thursday, Malawi will be observing a public holiday to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.