President Dr. Joyce Banda has appealed to Malawians to concentrate on issues that would bring about unity and develop the nation rather than those that could destroy the country.
President Banda made the appeal at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during a Choral Ceremony organized to celebrate the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ on Monday.
She said Malawians should desist from the conduct of accusing each other basing on party politics but rather work together for the betterment of the nation.
“Fellow Malawians let me remind you that time has come to forget the past and focus on the future. This is not the time to be concentrating on politics that will bring us nowhere but rather focus on how to build unity amongst ourselves and develop our country,” the President advised.
She said during her Presidency she will not allow people segregating each other because doing so would be acting contrary to God’s wish.
Dr. Banda further said as Malawians celebrate 50 years of independence, they should look forward to the future with hope and forget the pains of the past.
“Our 50 years of independency has not been that easy, we have gone through a number of challenges, however, that should not discourage us. Let us have hope and ask God to be with us, give us courage and knowledge on what we should do for the next 50 years,” President Banda said.
On the choral ceremony, the President said she felt it necessary to organise a national women’s prayer as one way of paying back for the support that women of Malawi had given to her since the time she ascended to the seat of President.
“I had the feeling that women across the country were praying for me day and night yet I did not honor their support and prayers. Today, my wish has been fulfilled,” she said.
Dr. Banda said as women were in majority in Malawi, were praying for her, she had during the time of her executive leadership of Government, has managed to restore peace, bring about unity, scaling-up the economy and to bring hope to the poor through the Mudzi Transformation Trust.
The President then appealed to the people and the nation at large to continue praying for the country both during the time of elections and after the results of the elections.
“When I just took office I prayed for courage, to take risks, knowledge to lead the country and unity amongst Malawians, I am therefore hopeful that through our prayers God will guide us through and make our country a better nation to live in,” she explained.
Clara Makungwa, Minister of Gender Children and Social Welfare and also Chairperson of the organising Committee of the Choral Committee applauded the President for representing women of Africa and Malawi in particular and showing the
World that it is possible with women to lead a country.
“Madam President, we really appreciate for the good things you have to us women of Malawi we therefore dedicate this Choral Day to you,” Makungwa said.
Apart from choruses, the ceremony also included prayers for the nation, prayers for the forth coming Tripartite Elections, prayers for development and prayers for leaders of the country.