Malawi President Peter Mutharika, leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and other political leaders have sent messages of goodwill to Malawians as they join Christians across the world in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ today.
In his message, Mutharika, who is expected to spend his Christmas at home relaxing with his family, said this year’s festive season is a special one because the country celebrated 50 years of independence which signifies the birth of a new chapter that should see the nation mature.
The President said in the spirit of Christmas, he would like Malawians to reflect on the big message behind Christmas as he hopes this Christmas ends the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.
Said Mutharika: “The big message of Christmas is love. Love for our nation, families and Love for God. I appeal to all of us to lend a helping hand to fellow humankind by sharing and showing care, particularly to the helpless among us.
“During this festive season let us also not spoil ourselves in substance and alcohol abuse. Similarly, let us all shun acts of violence at all costs.”
Chakwera, who said he was involved in some pre-Christmas activities which included fundraising for patients who could not be with their families during the festive period, said he will spend the day with his immediate family at church from where they will proceed to visit some relatives.
Chakwera, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, said: “For Christmas, I just wish all Malawians the very best of what God provided and it’s time for receiving and giving, but the giving is the giving of our lives just like Jesus Christ gave His life for us and the sharing of our best just the same way He did.”
Vice-President Saulos Chilima, according to his press officer Pilirani Phiri, will first go to church to gather with his fellow Catholics in the morning and will spend the Christmas afternoon with his family and friends at home.
Said Phiri: “The Vice-President is wishing all Malawians a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. He said while we are resting, let us recharge ourselves in preparation for a more fulfilling 2015 where we should think differently, act differently as well as achieve differently as we do not want to live anyone behind in 2014 as it would be too late to catch up once the year comes to an end.”
Former president Joyce Banda, who is currently in the United States of America, will be celebrating Christmas together with her family and friends there, according to her spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya.
In an interview with Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya, he said he will be spending his Christmas in Zimbabwe and Zambia visiting family and friends, but he will be back before New Year to celebrate the New Year festivity with Malawians.
“As we are celebrating Christmas, I wish Malawians a Merry Christmas and a positive looking to the future of Malawi as we will be going to the year 2015,” said Msowoya.
UDF president Atupele Muluzi said he will be spending Christmas with his family and will also visit his constituency where 24 families had roofs of their homes blown by wind on Monday, rendering them homeless.