Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa on Sunday advised faith leaders in the country against stealing property earmarked for growing God’s kingdom.
Nankhumwa was speaking at Chisitu in his Mulanje Central Constituency when he handed over 1 600 iron sheets sourced from Sakuwa Steel Limited of Lilongwe.
“I do not want to hear that these iron sheets, which are meant for prayer houses have been stolen. It does not make sense to live in decent houses when prayer houses are in bad state,” he said.
The iron sheets will be used on churches and mosques damaged during last year’s floods and strong winds.
Nankhumwa, who is the parliamentarian for the area, said it is only when prayer houses look good that people can pray to God with focus.
He hailed the good relationship existing between Christians and Muslims in the country.
Chairperson of Chilungamo Faith Organisation—a grouping that oversees churches and mosques in Mulanje Central—the Reverend Rexon Songa, said 54 churches and mosques needed roofing and that each will receive 30 iron sheets.
He, however, said everything would be done to ensure that the iron sheets are used for their intended purposes.
“We would like to assure that these iron sheets will be used to roof the damaged prayer houses,” he said.
Songa said his organisation is now relieved that churches and mosques have been considered.
“Whenever relief came, only residential houses were considered. I am happy that we have finally been assisted,” he said.
Sakuwa Steel Limited sales and marketing executive Enock Chithonje said when the minister approached his company for assistance, it did not hesitate to assist because it believes in God.
The iron sheets are valued at K7.5 million. n