APM hails cordial Govt-Anglican Church relationship

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President Arthur Peter Mutharika has hailed a cordial relationship that is existing between his government and Anglican Church in the country.


President Mutharika was speaking when he joined the church in 120th Anniversary of St Martins Hospital at a function held in Malindi, Mangochi on Saturday.

The Malawi leader said while there are some religious leaders that are fighting him, he would not be forced into departing from his creed of “fighting hate with love”.

“They may hate me, but I will continue loving them,” said President Mutharika.

Talking of development, the Malawi leader announced plans to construct a five star hotel, an international airport and Makanjira Road.

“On airport, we are already talking with International Civil Aviation of Canada. On the road, the Government of the Republic of China is about to release the funds for the project. So I am not promising what I cannot do,” said President Mutharika.

Speaking earlier, Health and Population Minister Atupele Muluzi, said the church’s place in Malawi’s development history was non-negotiable.

“Government alone cannot satisfy peoples’ health services demands. We will always need strategic partners such as the Anglican Church,” said Muluzi.

In his remarks, Bishop of the Anglican Upper Shire Diocese Bright Malasa said apart from schools and health facilities the church is running, plans to invest in solar electricity field, radio and television station, and real estate were in pipeline.

“The solar electricity field will give us 10megawatts, eight of which will be added to the national grid. This is the best we can do in assisting government in its developmental drive,” said Malasa.

Welcoming President Mutharika, Traditional Authority Chowe thanked the President for doubling traditional leaders’ honoralia and also for constructing the Liwonde-Mangochi Road.

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