August 29, 2016 by Staff Reporter
Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika says hate, jealousy and lies are some of the things blocking country’s prosperity.
He has since called upon the church, the media and schools to join hands with government in addressing the challenge.
The President said this in his speech during the consecration of Professor John Ryan as Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese at Mzuzu stadium on Saturday.
“There are people who relish hate, jealous and lies in this country. You read it everywhere every day! But we cannot be a nation made of hate, jealous and spite for one another. We cannot prosper! We need to change,’’ observed Mutharika.
The President has described the relationship between the church and government as one unity of purpose.
He said through this unity of purpose both sides are advancing the social and spiritual welfare of God’s children.
Mutharika was however quick to point out that on the other hand there is a war of good and evil that has the impact negatively on the two issues.
“Every time we fight for the Good, Evil fights us. Every time we fight to take people to light, darkness and its forces fight us.
”Therefore, in governing the society of God’s children, we constantly need the light and
fortification of God and the Church. That is why I and my Government always appreciate the sound relationship we have with the Church in this country,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika said the coming in of John Ryan is a gift from God, a priceless gift to the Catholics in particular and a precious gift to Malawians in general.
According to Mutharika Ryan is as a man with a life of ‘simplicity and humility, like a human mirror of Jesus Christ’.
“We have seen his commitment to education. We have seen his commitment to evangelization. His teaching in the seminary and in the university; and his calling to become Bishop shows us a humble servant who is committed to enlighten the minds
and hearts of the world,’’ Mutharika said.
Apart from the President and the first Lady Gertrude Mutharika, some of the notable faces that graced the occasion included; Vice President Saulosi Chilima, former Vice President Khumbo Kachali, Speaker of Parliament and Malawi Congress Party (MCP)
Vice President Richard Msowoya.
Mzuzu has been operating for over a year without a Bishop following the death of Bishop Joseph Zuza in January 2015.