Prayer sought ahead of crunch time in tense Malawi next week

Protesters march in Lilongwe, Malawi (PHOTO: L Masina/VOA News).

With next week’s week of prayer in Malawi coinciding with events on the streets and in court, which could provoke riots over allegedly rigged presidential elections, prayer week organisers have called on intercessors everywhere to pray for their country now.

The special week of repentance and prayer for peace which was called in response to ongoing post-election unrest, starts on Monday August 5 and continues until Sunday August 11.

Meanwhile, protest organisers have called for a million people to take to the streets of the nation’s four main cities on Tuesday in a call for the resignation of embattled electoral commission chairperson Pastor Dr Jane Ansah who they blame for alleged election fraud involving doctoring election papers with Tippex. Ansah maintains her innocence and says she will not bow to “mob justice”.

Thursday is another crunch day in the normally peaceful nation which has seen protests accompanied by looting of property, burning of tyres, torching of buildings, clashes with police, and the army stepping in to protect protesters from attacks by ruling party youth wing members, since the controversial May 21 election. Thursday is the day set for the main event of the prayer week at the Simama Hotel in the capital, Lilongwe — and it is also the day that the Constitutional Court in Lilongwe will commence a case in which opposition parties have applied for the nullification of the election results and a rerun of the elections.

According to media reports in Malawi, the Malawi Election Commission (MEC) has filed 748 sworn affidavits in opposition to the petitioners UTM party president Saulos Chilima and MCP president, Rev Dr Lazarus Chakwera. They are reportedly confident that the applicants have no grounds for claiming that the re-election of President Peter Mutharika was irregular. Commentators have expressed fears that a ruling in favour of the MEC could spark rioting.

Rev Dr Edward Mikwamba coordinator for National Repentance Week Malawi has called on intercessors to pray for peace to prevail next week and to pray for the “Malawi Repent” campaign throughout next week which is based on 2 Chronicles 7:14

He also requested supporters to consider making a financial contribution towards the $5 000 (R72 500) target which the Malawi Repent organisers are attempting to raise to fund the week. Donations can be paid to the following bank account:

Acount name: Simama Hotel
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 9100000675706
Swift code: SBICMWMX
Reference: Repentance Week

More information on the prayer week is available from Rev Mkiwamba at +265 (0) 881 111 076 (WhatsApp) or ediemikwamba@gmail.com .

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