Political and religious leaders have committed to maintain peace in Malawi ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.
Speaking at the inter-religious prayers for peace held in Blantyre, political and religious leaders present at the prayers expressed a need to maintain peace in the country.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) General Secretary Eisenhower Mkaka urged other political parties to be agents of peace.
Mkaka explained that politicians have the power of igniting violence hence the call to maintain peace for the citizens.
Concurring with Mkaka, Islamic Information Bureau Coordinator Sheikh Ahmed Chiyenda advised politicians to emulate examples of cordial relationship that religious leaders have in Malawi.
Blantyre Archdiocese Vicar General Father Boniface Tamani said the cordial relationship could be achieved by avoiding hate speeches.
“It’s important that we have peaceful environment where people express their democratic right of voting for the leaders they want,” said Tamani.
The interreligious prayers for peace that were organized by Community of Saint Egidio witnessed political and religious leaders signing commitments for peace in the country.
The prayers were held under the theme “Bridges of Peace”. Similar prayers were also held in other countries.