Police, faith leaders bang heads on Covid-19 prevention
By Kaitano Lubrino- Citizen Journalist
Mponela Police in Dowa have urged faith leaders in the district to join forces in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
The call was made on April 29 2020 at Mponela Calvary Family Church during a Pastor’s Fraternal meeting which was organized to highlight the roles of religious leaders on the prevention of the pandemic.
Speaking during the meeting, Officer In-charge for Mponela Police Station Senior Assistant Commissioner Mrs. Emmie Soko said Coronavirus is real and it is a war that everyone must fight.
“Faith leaders, health sector, private sector and security agencies must all work together in the fight against the common enemy,” she said.
She emphasized that faith leaders play a major role in praying for the country as well as disseminating important messages to huge masses of people as such they are key players during the pandemic.
“You are pillars of every nation who operate in both physical as well as spiritual realms and during this period your services become More inevitable,” said Soko.
She also bemoaned over the increased road accidents which have been attributed to over speeding of some drivers using the Lilongwe – Kasungu M1 Road that has cost 7 lives just within a week.
The officer In-charge was overwhelmed with the rising figures of men committing suicide in district over petty issues and she asked members of the clergy to preach against the spirit of taking own lives ,during their sermons.
In his remarks, chairperson for Mponela Pastor’s Fraternal who is also the pastor for Anglican Church at Kasangadzi Parish, Reverend Father Daniel Hendrix Chunga commended the approach and pledged to join hands with the government.
“If we are not yet infected, then we are affected and as individuals we have the obligation to protect others,” he said.
Reverend Chunga also pleaded with other congregations to comply with the restrictions put in place as measures towards the prevention of spreading of coronavirus in the country.
He further pledged to preach more about Coronavirus and its dangers.
“From here, we as pastors have agreed to share with our congregants on the best practices we need to follow in ensuring that we are safe from the pandemic,” he said.
About 30 church leaders from various churches across the area attended the pastor’s fraternal meeting.