By Temwa Chiumia
Neno Catholic Parish, Rev. Fr Christopher Nakhate has called on political and civil society leaders to be responsible to avoid political violence.
In his sermon on Sunday, he cited recent violent protests in some parts of the country which he said have affected Independence anniversary celebrations.
“Every year, we as a nation celebrate this remarkable event and 2019, too, cannot go without July 6 celebrations.
“But then our heads are saturated with many questions like do we need to celebrate amidst current political turmoil. We need to remember the day with prayers for peace regarding the current scenario in our major cities,” Nakhate said.
He said it is sad that after May 21 elections, the country has not been stable up to date.
While admitting people’s right to hold peaceful demonstration, the Fr. said the protesters need to respect other people’s right to own property.
He said thieves have taken advantage of the demonstrations to disturb peace and loot other people’s property.
Nakhate pleaded with fellow Malawians that the issue about May 21 elections is in court of law therefore they should wait for the outcome.
“We condemn in strongest terms the violence in all its forms and demonstrations taking place in some parts of this country as slowly it is killing our poor country. The current situation has paralyzed our country,” he said.
Malawi got independence from British rule on July 6, 1964.-MANA