The clergy in the Northern Region have asked President Lazarus Chakwera to walk the talk on his campaign promises and tackle development activities with speed.
Speaking at Mzuzu State Lodge on Saturday during an interface with Chakwera, representatives of the clergy said past presidents have failed to fulfil their campaign promises.
The clergy cited the Jenda- Edingeni and Rumphi-Nyika – Nthalire roads among what they described as ‘campaign projects which are waiting to be completed, adding that some places such as Khondowe in Rumphi, are totally cut off during the rainy season,
In his remarks, CCAP Livingstonia Synod moderator the reverend Isaac Malongo appealed to Chakwera to improve education standards in the country.
He also expressed concern over recent poor handling of the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations which were leaked.
“This has left learners traumatised and parents frustrated,” said Malongo.
He further called upon government to control foreigners’ land acquisition at the expense of indigenous Malawians.
While on Termination of Pregnancy Bill and same sex marriages, Malongo said the faith community are not in support of the laws.
Speaking at the same function, Monsignor Andrew Chunda of the Catholic Church said Chakwera has a huge task that needs a united force to clear the rubble and drain the swamp.
He then asked the President not to politicise development activities in the region.
Representing women pastors, Monica Nyondo called upon the President to act on protection of the girl child and institute capital punishment for defilers and as well as not to advocate for abortion.
She also appealed for an improved women economic empowerment with low interest loans.
Sheikh Rashid Mambo from Muslim Association of Malawi applauded Chakwera for his tough stand on corruption and promised to support his government in clearing the rubble.
In his speech, Chakwera said government will source funds for big projects in the region and will continue with the development activities, including the Njakwa- Livingstonia Road and Rumphi-Nyika –Nthalire Road.
“There is need for patience because these projects cannot be completed at once,” he said. On gender-based violence (GBV), Chakwera called upon the church to be exemplary and to protect the rights of children.