President Lazarus C h a k w e r a h a s urged Malawians to embrace mindset change and uphold values with a common purpose of achieving success for the country’s benefit.
The President made the remarks yesterday when he presided over the installation of newly-appointed Salvation Army Territorial Commander Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Banda and Territorial President of Women’s Ministry Lieutenant Colonel Pamela Banda at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.
In his speech, Chakwera said a country that cannot uphold values is bound to lose direction; hence, the need for Malawians to have unity of purpose in efforts towards achieving greatness.
He said: “A nation without values is a nation that curses itself and we refuse to be a cursed nation. As you demonstrate these values, it is about service, unity and moving forward.”
The President, who during the ceremony read the Bible from the book of John Chapter 17: 17-23, said it was an honour to witness a transition in the Salvation Army whose local leadership was previously under internat ional representatives.
In his acceptance speech, Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Banda and his wife Lieutenant Colonel Pamela Banda pledged to continue advancing the Salvation Army’s values and mission.
He said said they plan to move towards self-reliance, training more leaders and encouraging social services such as the provision of clean water, food and other necessities which they are already.
The two leaders replace Ugandan officers Colonels Moses and Sarah Wandulu, who have been posted to Mozambique after serving in Malawi for seven years.
The Salvation Army started operating in Malawi in 1967 and was granted official government recognition in 1973