The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia and the Mzuzu University (Mzuni) student community have added weight to the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) nationwide demonstrations by declaring that they will participate in the December 13 marches.
The two institutions have since called on their constituents to come out in large numbers and participate in the demonstrations which are, among others, aimed at pushing for the enactment of the Electoral Reforms Bills, including the 50+1 provision for electing the President.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, CCAP Synod of Livingstonia general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo said PAC is pushing for genuine issues and there is need to support the cause.
He urged members of the synod to take part in the demonstrations, saying its only when people take a role that things change.
“We are in full support of the demonstrations because those issues are of national importance. All members of the church are asked to come out and participate, this is a national matter,” said Nyondo.
Mzuni Students Representative Council (Musrec) president Wazamazama Katatu also said the fight PAC is embarking on is not against government or stepping stone for opposition political parties but an action that will help promote good governance.
He said changing the country needs a collective responsibility and there is need for students to participate.
Katatu said institutions of higher learning need to take a leading role in changing the landscape of democracy.
The Livingstonia Synod and Mzuni join faith groups that have already rallied their flock to participate in the nationwide demonstrations.
These faith groups are, the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) comprising six Christian organisations affiliated to PAC, Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi, CCAP Nkhoma Synod and the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC).
On Sunday, during the 9.30am Mass at St Patrick’s Parish in Area 18 in Lilongwe, Vice-President Saulos Chilima read out a letter from Catholic bishops asking their flock to take part in the nationwide protest marches. n