Anglican church assures Malawi government of its support

President of Malawi - Joyce Banda

President of Malawi – Joyce Banda

The Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire has assured the Malawi Government of its support in government policies that incline towards the betterment of the nation and its citizenry.

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire The Right Reverend Brighton Vitta Malasa told Newstime Africa that at its Fourth Synod Meeting at St. Michael’s from July 31 to August 3 2013, the Anglican Diocese agreed to continue supporting good governance and offering advice to government, accordingly.

“The Synod wishes to extend a message of good will and solidarity to the Government of Malawi under the leadership of Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda.

“The Synod further wishes to assure the State President and the Government of the Republic of Malawi of the continued prayers during every Holy Mass Service, Special Occasion Litanies, and other prayers as are the tradition of the Church as she is striving to restore the economy through the economic recovery plan,” guaranteed Bishop Malasa.

In Malawi during presidential functions, proceedings starts with a word of prayer which is offered by a religious leader of the choice of the organizers, and those not in good books with the government, are not given a chance.

At the gathering, which attracted 156 delegates and together decided to issue a press statement, the Synod also expressed its gratitude to fellow countrymen for allowing smooth takeover of government after the sudden death of President Mutharika.

“We also wish to express our gratitude to all Malawians to the peaceful transition that occurred following the death of the former Head of State, Ngwazi Professor Bingu wa Mutharika  (May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace),” reads a communiqué that the Synod has issued.

Professor Bingu wa Mutharika passed away in April last year at a time his relationship with his vice, the incumbent, Dr. Joyce Banda was not good, which raised fears of whether there would be no blood shed, since the two top leaders were managing different parties.

Mutharika was leading the Democratic Progressive Party while Banda formed the Peoples Party, which is in government now.

Located in the South Eastern part of Malawi the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire covers the districts of Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Dedza East, Ntcheu, Neno, Mwanza and Zomba, with its Headquarters in Chilema, ZombaDistrict.

In an exclusive interview, Bishop Malasa revealed that the Upper Shire Anglican Diocese has 63 licenced Priests in its seven Archdeaconries of Balaka, Mangochi East, Mangochi West, Machinga, Monkey Bay, Shire and Zomba.

“We have Venerables John Mchakama, who is also the Vicar General, Hopeson Jailosi, Dyson Chombo, Samuel Kauwa, Grant Tebulo, Emmanuel Masitala, Rabson Kalulu and Very Rev’d John Chilombe, the Dean of the Cathedral at Mpondas, which is the Principle or Mother Church in the Diocese,” the Bishop, who is also Chairman of the Anglican Church in Malawi said.

According to Bishop Malasa, a Diocesan Synod is a Supreme Council of a Diocese, and meets once every two years to deliberate on pastoral, administrative as well as social-economic matters affecting the Church and life in general under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, decisions are arrived at and taken, and such are considered final by the faithful.

Upper Shire is in the Central African Anglican Province headed by Archbishop Albert Chama, but Archbishop Justin Welby is the head of the Anglican Church in the world.

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