Without mentioning neither the church nor the candidate, the President said “today it was the church over-exercising its freedom to persecute political leaders. Let us respect one another’s authority.”
Reflecting on the relationship between the church and state, he said there were times in human history when the state violated the rights of the church.
He said: “Let us remember our dedicated place between Man and God. Let us remember to be agents of reconciliation. Let us remember to be agents of peace-the precious peace Jesus Christ left us when he said, “Peace I live with you.”
Mutharika said: “To those of goodwill, you can count on me…I will always champion ecumenical relations among all faith groups. And I will always promote an orderly relationship between political and ecclesiastical authority.”
The President said he believed in the authority of God over the Church and state. “In the end, let us dedicate our nation to God who gave us this country.”
Mutharika, a CCAP Christian himself, said he will always promote equality amongst all denominations. “No denomination is better than than the other one. We are all equal before God.”
He said Malawi had a “long way ahead. We need to walk together on our path to the Malawi we want. We have a dedicated duty before us. So, help us God.”
He beseeched God to “grant us the courage to make the right decisions, the faith to believe in our country and the patience to walk the path of our destiny.”