Rule of Law, Good Governance Still a Challenge in Malawi - Bishop Msusa

Bishop Msusa Bishop Msusa - pic by Raphael Mlozoa

The Catholic Church in Malawi says what the Church’s Bishops aspired for in their pastoral letter ‘Living our Faith’ 30 years ago has not yet been achieved.

Speaking in Mangochi Thursday during a conference organized by Catholic University of Malawi to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1992 letter, Chair for the University’s Council, Archbishop Thomas Msusa said the letter, which is believed to have shaken the country’s political landscape, wished Malawi well and not what the country is facing now.

Bishop Msusa said while after the letter many things happened like the referendum and coming of the democratic government where some gains have been made in the country in many spheres there is still more to be done.

He said Malawi is very rich in resources and if good governance and rule of law was there the country could have changed a lot.

“The rule of law, good governance is not there. So, what the bishops aspired for 30 years ago is not there,” said Bishop Msusa.

Political Scientist Dr. Henry Chingaipe has agreed with the church saying while some areas have been attained some have even become worse than the time the bishops spoke in their letter.

Chingaipe, who is also the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Social Empowerment mentioned areas like politics and governance where he said the country has tried to do better, but worse in fighting corruption.

Issued and read in all catholic churches on Sunday 8th March 1992 the pastoral letter has 14 main points which touched both political and social aspects.

Archbishop James Chiona and Bishops, Felix Mkhori, Mathias Chimole, Alessandro Assolari, Allan Chamgwera and Gervazio Chisendera, were some of the architects of the church’s ‘famous’ document.

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