Members of the CCAP Nkhoma Synod have supported their church’s endorsement of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera in the 2019 elections.
In interviews after the synod’s pastoral letter was read in churches on Sunday, the congregants hailed the church for addressing issues that are affecting Malawians.
Martin Kasisi Banda from Mvama CCAP in Area 49 said the Nkhoma Synod is right in speaking out against tribalism since “The Mutharika administration favours the lhomwes than any tribe in the country.”
Elliot Kachinziri said: “Do the head count of the top and middle civil servants. The civil service is dominated by the Lhomwes.”
According to Elube Mwale, when the letter was read at Masintha CCAP in Kawale there were cheers .
“Faces of the congregants lit up, there was jubilation in the church. Those who authored the pastoral letter were guided by the Holy Spirit,” she said.
In the Pastoral Letter released Sunday titled ‘An Opportunity to Choose a Leader with Good Reputation, Full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom’, the Synod urged its members to vote for a leader who fears God, abhors corruption, respect the constitution of Malawi and promotes promote justice without fear or favour.
The Nkhoma Synod also wants the next president to be a person who will not defend thieves, mafias and terrorists; who will develop this nation without favouritism; who will not tolerate substandard workmanship in any infrastructure development and open unfinished projects; who will not promote abortion and same sex marriages and who will not reduce Traditional Authorities to puppets.
“We, the clergy of CCAP Nkhoma Synod, encourage all voters to vote into power the one and only leader who has the above-listed leadership qualities as the President of the Republic of Malawi. The man with (a) good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3),” the church said.
On social media, Malawians concluded that the Synod has endorsed the MCP presidential candidate with MCP supporters also welcoming the pastoral letter.
Among other issues, Nkhoma Synod in the letter condemned rampant corruption in the DPP administration saying the vice is being institutionalised at all levels in all ministries, departments and agencies without action from the leadership.
The Synod mentioned various corruption cases including the food rations scandal, the K145 million sent to President Peter Mutharika’s account, the controversial sale of tractors and the stealing of over a million litres of fuel at ESCOM.