Former president Peter Mutharika has asked religious leaders and Malawians to come together and pray for rainfall in the country.
In a statement issued last evening, Mutharika, who is also opposition Democratic Progressive Party leader, expressed worry with the continued dry spell the country is experiencing.
He cited a Bible verse from the Book of 1 Kings 18:41—19:8 , saying prophet Elijah also cried out to God in prayer when his nation experienced a similar situation.
Said Mutharika: “Fellow Malawians, I believe it is time that we as a nation sought intervention from God, Allah, Yahwe or Chisumphi. We must come together and seek forgiveness and pray for the end of the dry spell.
“I would, therefore, like to humbly request our bishops, sheikhs, pastors, prophets and all our religious leaders to lead Malawians in multi-denominational prayers and fasting for God to give us the rains.”
In October this year, Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services indicated that the 2021/22 rain season would start in November and advised farmers to plant between mid-November and early December.
But in a statement issued on Sunday, the department indicated that from December 17 to 19, most areas in the South, Centre and North are expected to experience a significant outbreak of thunderstorms.