Faith leaders have been described as the most poor who mostly depend on offerings for their daily upkeep.
The sentiments were made on Tuesday by commissioner for Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom (ICJF) Abdul Rahaman Ajasie after a two-day workshop in Liwonde organised jointly at the weekend by ICJF and State House.
Ajasie said the workshop, which was held under the theme ‘Financial Intelligence for Sustainable Economic Development’, was designed to empower faith leaders in financial prudence.
“We believe knowledge is power so we joined hands with State House so that these faith leaders are empowered with knowledge of financial management,” said Ajasie.
Presidential adviser on religious affairs, Apostle Timothy Khoviwa, said the workshop was a presidential initiative to empower religious leaders economically.
“We have started with religious leaders so that in turn they can train their members to adopt financial prudence in their businesses,” said Khoviwa.
Bishop of the Anglican diocese of Upper Shire Brighton Malasa urged political, religious and traditional leaders to join hands for the good of the common man in rural areas.
“Through this training leaders should be able to translate to their members and it is my appeal that religious and government leaders should complement each other,” said Malasa.
One of the participants, Hassan Majawa, described the workshop as an eye-opener, saying the country could be transformed if such training was given to most Malawians.
The training, which had 300 participants, tackled topics such as how to succeed in whatever one does. n