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Mutharika Urged to Engage the Opposition

Urged to play a fatherly role - Mutharika Urged to play a fatherly role - Mutharika - file photo

The Anglican Bishop has asked President Peter Mutharika to demonstrate a fatherly role by genuinely engaging opposition leaders in order to end the current political impasse.

Bishop Alinafe Kalemba of the Southern Malawi told members of the Anglican Church at Chagambatuka village in the area of Senior Chief Makhuwira in Chikwawa on Sunday that the president needs to be humble and stop any political backlash on opposition as one way of initiating peace.

Bishop Kalemba said that president Peter Mutharika holds the key to end the political differences.

"President Mutharika should also avoid political outbursts on opposition figures so as to enhance peace. We don't want our nation to be destroyed," said Bishop Kalemba.

The Bishop then called on all Anglican Christians to desist from participating in violent demonstrations.

"We have the right to demonstrate but please let us not damage public facilities. You have never seen a president's child in any public school. When the president gets sick is not admitted in our hospitals, so please don't damage the facilities that we already have," he stressed.

The Bishop then also advised parents in the Lower-Shire to curb early marriages and instil a sense of discipline among their children especially this time when issues of drug and alcohol abuse are negatively affecting the youth.

Bishop Kalemba added that the Anglican Church is also concerned with natural hazards which are heavily affecting Chikwawa and Nsanje, saying more efforts need to be put in place to promote sustainable rural livelihood.

The call by the Anglican Bishop has comes barely a day after the Catholic Bishop for Chikwawa Diocese, Peter Musikuwa, urged Malawians to stop hiding behind human rights to fuel violent protests.

Bishop Musikuwa asked politicians to come together and seriously talk to promote peace and unity, saying all tribal and regional hate speeches have to be condemned.

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