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Malawi: Mutharika Boycotts Catholic Church Function Due to Chakwera Presence

Former President Peter Mutharika on Saturday refused to honour an invitation to attend a Catholic Church event in Mangochi because of the presence of President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera.

Mutharika has been shunning all functions, including funerals, attended by President Dr Chakwera and he has not yet conceded defeat three years after the 2020 court sanctioned presidential election which he lost to Chakwera.

Instead, Mutharika sent his spokesperson Shadreck Namalomba to represent him at the function although the Democratic Progressive Party president stays in Mangochi where the function was held.

Chakwera shook hands and laughed with Namalomba at the event.

In his speech, Chakwera urged Malawians to abandon a spirit of individualism and instead embrace togetherness in times of both celebration and suffering.

Speaking at Mangochi Stadium as he graced the celebration of golden jubilee, priestly silver jubilee anniversary as well as the ordination of deacons into priests for Mangochi Diocese, Chakwera said every Malawian must practice oneness and togetherness as it is a character for the nation which must be practiced and protected.

Chakwera also urged Malawians to reject the dismissal of the relevance of any citizen to the development of Malawi.

“I know that it has become fashionable, in recent times, especially when things go really well or things go really badly, to give all the credit or cast all the blame on government and its officials,” lamented the president.

But he said Malawians must resist such a mindset as it encourages and reinforces the false perception that the only people who matter and contribute to the development of Malawi are those in public office.

The Malawi leader said if the country is to attain an inclusively wealthy, self-reliant and industrialised upper-middle income economy as spelt out in the Malawi 2063, every Malawian , whether from the church, private sector or government, must equally participate in the development process.

He said that Malawians should remove the mentality that it is someone else’s responsibility to be resourceful for Malawi and that everyone is worthy of being resourceful.

“Every citizen is important in this country, let us refuse to be looked down upon and we should not allow anyone look down upon us regardless of our religious or political belonging. This malpractice promotes negativity in the nation,” he said