Lets Work As One Family With Peace, Love To Develop Mw: Pres. APM Preaches At ECM Mission
President Arthur Peter Mutharika has retaliated on the need for churches to continue complementing government in its efforts of accelerating development in the country.
Mutharika was speaking on Sunday at Mtambanyama Synod of the Evangelical Church of Malawi (ECM) during a church service in Thyolo.
The Malawian leader said the synod has contributed enormously towards the country’s development especially in the education and health sectors.
“People came from different areas like Chikwawa, Nsanje, Chiradzulo and other places to study here at Mtambanyama and I am one of those who studied here.
“I would like, therefore, to urge Mtambanyama Synod to continue with various programmes you have been caring out aimed at uplifting the lives of people in the country and rest be assured of government support,” said Mutharika.
However, Mutharika pointed out that jealous is the major challenge the country is facing, which in the process was pulling back the country’s development.
“I am glad that in his sermon Synod Chairperson Reverend Mawaya has mentioned that we should take out jealousy so that together we should work and develop the nation,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika, therefore, advised people to love one another and work together as a family so that the country prospers.
He said government on its part will continue with programmes meant to uplift people’s social and economic standards citing social protection measures like the decent and affordable housing project.
“It is my intention that in the next fifteen years, Malawi should no longer have grass thatched houses. My government is also committed to improve rural road network. I am glad to see that the works of Thyolo – Thekerani road is progressing very well,” the Malawi leader said.
Member of Parliament for Thyolo – Thava, Mary Thomu Navicha praised the president for taking his time to be part of the congregation at Mtambanyama Synod which is in her constituency.
Navicha said Malawi was blessed to have a God fearing President; “because he is a God fearing President he has managed to run this country for three years without any budgetary support from donors but the country was making strides in progress all the same.”
She pointed out that President Mutharika was geared at developing Malawi regardless of which region in the country.
In his remarks, Traditional Authority Khwethemule thanked the president for supporting the Synod to build two classroom blocks at Mtambanyama Primary School where the Malawi leader attended his standard five and six primary education.
“I would like to urge all of us to emulate what the president has done at Mtambanyama. Everyone who has something little should contribute to where he went for studies. If we can all do that the issue of learners learning under the tree will be a thing of the past. Let’s love our country and contribute whatever we can,” Khwethemule appealed.
Khwetemule said people in the country should strive at brining unity of purpose which the Malawian leader was promoting to enhance development at all levels.
In his sermon, Mtambanyama ECM Synod Chairperson, Charles Mawaya said envy is the main challenge disturbing the growth of development in different set ups of the country.
Mawaya, therefore, asked people to be tolerant with each other and create space to those that have been given mandate to perform various tasks to achieve their aspirations.
“Don’t criticize somebody’s plan because you never know one day such plans will come to fruition. Let’s give chance those who dream to make their dreams come to reality like what our President has done.
“He dreamed of building a Thyolo – Thekerani Muona road, look now the dream has become a reality despite some people saying it will not happen,” Mawaya said.
Formally known as Kabula by a British Missionary Joseph Booth, the Evangelical Church of Malawi was introduced in the country 1893.
The church relocated to Thyolo after the missionaries started cultivating tea and coffee before they stopped to focus on spreading the word of GOD alone.
According to Mawaya, President Peter Mutharika was a Sunday school student of the congregation and no wonder the welfare of people in the area remained at his heart, the core principles of ECM teaching.
Since 1893 the church has been headed by foreign missionaries until 1964 when Pastor Namalika was chosen to be the first Malawian to lead the church.
President Mutharika also visited Herera Oaxley Clinic and also inspected Mtambanyama Maternity Wing which is a subsidiary of the congregation.