The Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbytery (CCAP) has organised a week of peace building prayers in its congregations ahead of the elections case verdict by the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe.
In a circular to all the synod’s congregations, the church observed that the ruling of the presidential elections’ results nullification petition has the potential to worsen the situation if not accepted by either of the contesting parties.
The prayers, which will include fasting, have been scheduled for December 23 and will end with prayers for peace, love and unity for Malawi on December 29 2019.
“As you are all aware, currently our country is facing numerous social and political challenges that are seriously affecting the national unity, development and economic progress,” reads the circular in part dated November 27 2019 and co-signed by synod moderator the Reverend Masauko Mbolembole and general secretary the Reverend Billy Gama.
According to the communication, the church leadership believes it is only God who can heal the nation through prayers and fasting.
“We are, therefore, calling upon all members of the synod in all congregations through their presbyteries to jointly observe… [the prayers and fasting],” reads the communication.
In an interview last evening, Mbolembole said the church decided to hold the prayers because of the manner in which Malawians have lived the past months “which has not been up to the level anyone would desire”.
He said: “The love for one another and the concept of advocating for peace have all not been there. We can say the atmosphere is full of fumes that have confused people.”
Public Affairs Committee (PAC), an inter-faith organisation, is also planning prayers and declaration of peace later this month.