Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Phalombe North East Honourable Dennis Namachekecha has hailed the cordial relationship between Muslims and non Muslims in the area, saying through it development is made possible.
The MP made the remarks during the official opening of a new constructed Masjid under the auspices of Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) in village headman Nyalugwe, T/A Chiwalo. He said since time immemorial, Muslims in the area have been exemplary by coexisting well with non Muslims, with humanitarian aid shared equally.
“It helps us work together. For me as MP, it makes my job easier as you know when people are united it easy to achieve many things. Muslims in this area have been involved in so many activities that have benefited everyone regardless of their faith. And whenever, they have activity, they invite non Muslims too. This should be emulated by other faith groups,” he said.
The MP therefore asked MAM to open an Early Childhood Development (ECD) center in the area. He said this will help children to be drilled into the Islamic teachings while young which will help them to confidently “spread the gospel” in the whole region. And as a contribution, he said the government will drill borehole by December 2017 around the Masjid so that Muslims should be able to make their prayers easily.
Namachekecha is one of the most loved Member of Parliament in Phalombe district because of his good relationship with his people and various developments he has done so far in his constituency. At the ceremony, he also took an opportunity to present a booklet to MAM National Chairman Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad which contains all developments that are needed in his area.
“He is very supportive in terms of Islamic activities. When we invite him or go and seek for help from him, he is always there for us. He either come or send someone from the government,” said MAM district Chairman for Phalombe Sheikh Sitolo, adding “even the tent we are using here, he is the one who has helped us.”
In his remarks, MAM National Chairman who was the guest of honor, thanked the MP for his usual support to Muslims in the district and for offering the drilling of the borehole.
He also pledged to construct the school blocks which will also act as ECD centers and Madrassah by December 2017.
The Masjid was constructed with funding from Kuwait based organization Revival of Islamic Heritage Society – Africa Committee.