Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has lashed out at those killing, abducting and maiming people with albinism and has urged government to ensure their safety and track down their evil persecutors.
In a pastoral letter titled Taking Our Stand With God in This Crooked Generation, the synod also urges its members to refrain from indulgence in homosexuality and abortion, describing these as sinful and not biblical.
“The pastoral fraternity of the CCAP Nkhoma Synod has noticed with great shock, disgust and disbelief how some people have resorted to the barbaric behaviour of killing albinos, insinuating the legalisation of homosexuality and abortion in Malawi.
“These practices are all about fulfilling signs of the end times,” the letter warns, citing the biblical admonition in Ephesians 5: 15-17.
The letter, signed by synod moderator the Reverend Dr. Chatha Msangaambe and senior clerk the Reverend Dr. Archwell Katani, was read out during church services yesterday in all the synod churches, which are mainly in the Central Region.
“Albinos are being killed and continue to suffer because of those who know the truth but choose to keep quiet and do nothing about it,” the letter says.
The synod expressed shock that some close relatives of people with albinism are linked to the brutal albino deaths in pursuit of get-rich rituals.
The letter commends government’s recent stepped up national awareness efforts towards protecting people living with albinism.
But it urges government to do more by appointing desk officers in police stations who should work with stakeholders such as chiefs, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community policing teams on the albino issues.
It also presses for a government review and enactment of laws that deal with the practice of witchcraft, and propose that all persons with albinism be given free phones by government so that they can call police whenever they feel their lives are in danger.”
The synod describes homosexuality as a sinful practice attracting God’s wrath. It urges the synod Christians against legalising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) practices.
On abortion, the letter stresses that the synod’s biblical stand is that life begins at conception and that, after that stage, only God has a right to decide a child’s fate.
In conclusion, the letter announced that June 26 has been designated by the synod for special prayers “to plead with the Lord for His forgiveness and mercy on Malawi nation for the merciless killings of people with albinism and for the casual treatment of issues of homosexuality and abortion.”