Chiefs in Lilongwe on Saturday told Catholic Commission For Justice and Peace(CCJP) to lobby government to stop distribution of condoms saying it is encouraging the immoral behaviour.
Speaking at a meeting CCJP addressed at Chief Kalolo’s headquarters chiefs said people are not afraid of contacting diseases because of false protection of condoms. “It is wrong to say the disease is in maize flour(ili mu ufa ).This disease can be prevented. Besides, we have seen that those who trust these condoms are the ones mostly affected. Are they really safe? Said village headman Kagwande while other chiefs clapped hands. He said even messages of condoms are against traditional Malawian beliefs . Kagwande said the colonial government in 1939 enforced non contact when diseases like leprosy and small pox were rampant and managed to contain them. “What will prevent the government to do so now? He queried? In his remarks the coordinator of CCJP Peter Chiniko said people should be free to express their views saying in this way they participate in democratization of this country. He said his organization has embarked on civic education in the country to ensure people have access to justice and also know how the budget affects them. “We want you to know what you should expect from a member of parliament once he takes office. The meeting was attended by chiefs,group village headmem, village headmen, among others.