President Lazarus Chakwera has asked believers and faith communities to dedicate the first seven days of the New Year 2022 to pray for the end of the dry spell in the country.
In a statement signed by presidential press secretary Anthony Kasunda, the President said the continued dry spell could impact the next farming season.
Reads the statement in part: “The seven-day period of prayer, which includes fasting, covers each day of the week, from Saturday, the 1st of January 2022 to Friday, the 7th of January 2022. This arrangement allows believers to have individual as well as group prayer sessions.
“The President, therefore, calls on the mother bodies of all faith groups to encourage their communities to pray together whenever they meet for worship on their designated holy days.”
Chakwera’s appeal comes after the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) asked Malawians to dedicate January 2022 to seek God’s intervention on a number of challenges facing the country, including corruption and delayed rains.
EAM secretary general the Reverend Francis Mkandawire said in a statement dated December 26 2021 that besides corruption and lack of rains, people should also pray for political stability.
In a weekly update on weather conditions, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said the country will from today experience a significant increase in rainfall activities with heavy episodes over highlands and lakeshore areas.
MET initially forecast that planting rains would start between the last week of November and first week of December. However, most parts of the country have not received rains to enable farmers plant.