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Thursday, 17 July 2014 20:09

AMECEA congratulates Mutharika on presidency

Written by  Tiwonge Ndau

Lilongwe, July 17: The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has congratulated President Prof Peter Mutharika on his recent election as the President of the Republic of Malawi.

AMECEA which is having its18th Plenary Assembly in Malawi under the theme, “New Evangelization through True Conversion and Witnessing to Christian Faith”, said this through its AMECEA chairman in Malawi Bishop Tarcizio Ziyaye who is also the Archbishop of Lilongwe Diocese during the official opening of the Plenary Assembly which started on 16th July and will end on 26th July.

“On behalf of AMECEA let me congratulate you our President for the high post you have been entrusted with by Malawians, as AMECEA we promise you our prayers as you govern this nation,” Ziyaye said.

He also expressed his gratitude to the president for gracing this function a thing which he said has typically shown how warm Malawians are to the visiting delegates of various countries.

Concurring with Ziyaye,  Chairman of Episcopal Conference of Malawi, his Lordship Bishop Joseph  Zuza, said that the whole Catholic Church in Malawi also congratulate the president for winning the post of the president in the May 20 first ever tripartite elections.

“On behalf of the Roman Catholic Church in Malawi I promise that we are going to work hand in hand with your government towards the development of this nation,” Zuza said.

In his speech, President Mutharika expressed his gratitude to the Catholic Church in Malawi and the region for its continued support towards the development of countries in such areas as health and education.

“Government recognizes the role that the catholic church is playing in the Eastern part of Africa,  and the Episcopal conference is crucial to the church just as it is to the governments, hence the importance of all of us coming together at this opening ceremony and praying for the success of this plenary assembly that is taking place here in Malawi,” Mutharika said.

The president also wished the catholic’s` a success AMECEA Plenary Assembly.

Among other high ranking delegates who were in attendance during this opening ceremony of AMECEA meeting were the Eminence, John Cardinal Njue, of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, and Secretary of AMECEA.

Malawi Vice President, Saulos Chilima, Malawi Congress Party leader, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, and People’s Progressive Movement leader Mark Katsonga Phiri were amongst them.

The AMECEA was founded in 1961 and comprises the Episcopal Conferences of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The Association has been holding plenary assemblies every three years and Malawi has had the honour of hosting the meeting two times, the first was in 1979 and the second was in 1995.




Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is the current President of Malawi. He was sworn into office on June 28, 2020 at Malawi Square, Bingu International Convention Centre, Lilongwe. Before joining frontline politics, Chakwera was President of the Malawi Assemblies of God from 1989 until he resigned on May...