MCP President Lazarus Chakwera and his second in command Muhammad Sidik were the only pair featured in the recent controversial elections who attended Peace Prayers organized by the quasi-religious body, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Saturday.
Democratic Progress Party (DPP) leader and the country’s President Peter Mutharika and his former vice, now UTM leader, Saulosi Klaus Chilima, were not in attendance.
Instead, Mutharika delegated Vice President Everton Chimulirenji while Joseph Chidanti Malunga of the UTM is representing Chilima.
Some political commentators and social media commentators have described the absence of Mutharika and Chilima as a missed opportunity for them both.
However, PAC Chairperson Felix Chingota said the quasi-religious body remains optimistic that the prayers will yield the intended purpose.
“Most importantly is that political leaders must prepare their followers to accept the outcome of the court case,” said Chingota.
The prayers dubbed “National Prayers for Upholding Peace, the Rule of Law and Co-Existence” came at a time political tensions are threatening the peace and co-existence of citizens across the political divides in Malawi.
United Nations (UN) Resident Representative Maria Jose Torres stressed on the need to have peaceful settlement of disputes.
She hailed PAC for bringing leaders together in a quest for promoting peace.
“It is imperative that leaders put their differences aside for the sake of peace,” Jose Torres urged.
Also in attendance at the prayers were Peter Kuwani of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development and Professor John Chisi of Umodzi Party, among others.