Leaders of Pentecostal groupings in the country have pledged to pray for and help counsel President Peter Mutharika, especially as he forges greater national development by galvanising Malawians to embrace patriotism, integrity and hard work.
The group of 32 leaders from most parts of the country made the pledge during an audience with the President at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe last Sunday.
Speaking on behalf of the grouping, before the spiritual leaders went into an hour-long closed-door session with the President, Apostle Augustine Mgala commended Mutharika for championing the three-pronged strategy of patriotism, integrity and hard work that Malawians need to pursue.
“We are behind this because it is in tandem with biblical principles,” said Mgala.
He said the religious leaders want to support Mutharika because his government is pursuing many development projects which will transform the lives of the people.
Enthused after the closed-door meeting with the President, Bishop Geoffrey Matoga said the visitors used the audience to probe the President’s vision and stance on development.
“Our advice to the President is that he is holding on right; he should not be derailed by anything else. We are going to pray with him,” said Matoga.
Mutharika assured the Pentecostal church leaders that his government will continue respecting freedom of worship, stressing that he will work with all religious groups in the country.