By: Vincent Gunde
Church leaders are distancing themselves from a cadet pastors religious body yet to be formed called Interfaith Forum For Peace and Dialogue.
Three church leaders of Seventh_ Day Adventist, Malawi Assemblies of God and Living Waters have written the cadet pastors leadership, Rev. Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe with copies to the Secretary, Bishop Brighton Malasa and Timothy Khoviwa, the Presidential Advisor on Religious Affairs to withdraw their names.
The cadet pastors grouping was formed following mass demonstrations by the HRDC, MCP and UTM calling for the resignation of Mec Chairperson Justice Dr. Mrs. Jane Ansah sc for mismanaging the May, 21 tripartite elections which have resulted to peaceful turned violent by the demonstrators.
In its letter, President of the seventh _ Day Adventist( SDA), Pastor Frackson Kuyama, said the church will continue praying for peace to prevail and wishing all the leaders God’s blessings and guidance.
Pastor Kuyama said as a local leader of the SDA in Malawi, he needed to consult the church’s head office which is based in South Africa to seek their approval in order to join such groupings.
He said the adventists promote peace and love through the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
In its letter, the Living Waters Church International through General Secretary Rev. Dr. Diston Store Chiweza, said the President of the church Apostle Dr. Stanley Ndovie is not party to the said forum.
Rev. Dr. Chiweza said the church’s mission is to promote peace, truth and justice as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible.
On his part, President of the Malawi Assemblies of God, Rev. Dr. Edward Chitsonga, said he know that the objectives of the group are for the good of the nation, the National Executive Committee did not have an opportunity to deliberate his represention on the forum.
The withdrawal of the pastors names from the list of the 14 founding members is following a document, un dated and un signed, currently in circulation on the media platforms for the yet to be formed Interface Forum For Peace and Dialogue.