Founder of Living Word Evangelistic Church [LIWEC] in Machinga district, Prophet David .F. Mbewe, has asked the Government of Malawi to explain to the faith community what wrong did churches in Malawi do to the Tonse Alliance administration.
Prophet Mbewe says it is perplexing to note that markets and pubs have been allowed to open up to 5 PM and 8 PM respectively without even stipulating numbers of people.
He is asking what is so special about limiting religious gatherings to 50 people, observing that most churches only meet once in a week whilst pubs and markets open daily and enjoy patronage from greater numbers of people than churches.
In his letter to the Malawi Government with a copy to the Presidential committee on Covid -19, Prophet Mbewe, says he is registering his great displeasure with the Covid -19 containment measures as announced by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on Sunday, 17th January, 2021.
Prophet Mbewe says he is more concerned with the containment measures of all religious gatherings must have no more than 50 people.
…..’’I strongly urge the Tonse Alliance administration to re –visit the Covid -19 containment measures as announced by President Dr. Chakwera,’’…..reads part of the letter.
Minister of Health, Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, on Monday announced new gazetted laws in the fight against Corona virus in Malawi, the measures also contain punishments to all those found flouting the rules of containment, for example; not wearing a face mask in a public area will attract a fine of K10,000.
Some of the measures include; mandatory wearing of face masks, public gathering must not go beyond 50 people, burial of the dead should be within 24 hours and must be attended by not more than 50 people.
In his address to the nation on Sunday night, President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera asked Malawians to all accept that Covid -19 is here, that it will be here for some time, that it is real and that it kills, advising those talking about this pandemic like it is far away or like it will magically disappear, to stop.
President Dr. Chakwera expressed trust that Malawians will change and call out others around them who are not compliant that they must be their brother’s and sister’s, saying time has come to enforce preventive and behaviours for their common good.
By Vincent Gunde