Various faith groups in the Southern Region have lauded Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Dr Kondwani Nankhumwa for offering various reconstruction materials for the churches and mosques that were devastated by cyclone Freddy in early this year.
Speaking at the official launch of the initiative at Phalombe Secondary School on Saturday, May 28, 2023, Chairperson of the Initiative Reverend Collins Maganga of the Blantyre CCAP Synod and Sheik Sitolo Chairperson of Phaombe Muslim Association, who also represented the Muslim Association of Malawi(MAM), said it is worthy to hail Nankhumwa for helping the faith community in rebuilding their prayer houses after the floods hammered down some of the churches and mosques in the country and reduced them to giant piles of rubble. Cyclone Freddy killed over 1,000 and many others are still uncounted for.
In his remarks, Dr. Nankhumwa who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President responsible for the Southern Region conveyed his deep sympathies to the people affected by the unprecedented rains and consequent flooding.
Nankhumwa further said solidarity is very paramount in the face of such devastating times regardless of diversity in religion hence he thought it wise to initiate this Reconstruction Project of the Churches and Mosques.
Nankhumwa also announced that he will soon be in the Northern Region to offer same package of materials to churches and mosques that were destroyed by the recent unfriendly weather conditions.
DPP Members of Parliament (MPs), who included Nicholas Dausi, Dr. Mathews Ngwale, Sameer Suleiman, Mark Botoman, and Bester Awali, Yusuf Nthenda, and Santigo Phiri, and various distinguished members of the clergy both from the Muslim and Christian faiths, also welcomed the opposition leader.
Apart from sermons and prayers, the event is also spiced by live choral performances by the famous Anglican Voices, Nthemba Church Praise Team, Mbayani Heaven Door Choir, and King James Phiri, among others.
Earlier in the day, Nankhumwa visited selected Tropical Cyclone Freddy affected Churches and Mosques in Phalombe.