Friday, April 20, 2012
By Roy Habaalu
Thu 19 Apr. 2012, 12:57 CAT
PRESIDENT Michael Sata's decision to supply fuel to facilitate funeral arrangements for president Bingu Wa mutharika shows true statesmanship.
Commenting on President Sata's decision to give Malawi one million litres of petrol and two million litres of diesel to help with funeral arrangements, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) executive director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza said it was an active, practical and good follow up of a restored relationship for the two countries.
President Sata had agreed to reconcile with Mutharika in December last year, after differences that arose following the former's 2007 deportation from Malawi upon arrival at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre in 2007.
Rev Mwanza said President Sata's gesture showed a mature way of doing things.
"You don't respond to hate with hate. This gesture reflects what true statesmanship is, what true Christian values are because the Bible says you should not persecute those that hate you but pray for them. This is one way of showing the true picture of what leadership is all about. You should not revenge but give back love in exchange for hate and so what this has shown is that as leaders, we must be able to respond using what I may call 'A' level leadership where you are able to show love were you are hated and not being able to keep hatred for too long," he said.
Rev Mwanza said President Sata had shown that he was not a vindictive leader.
He said this would strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries.
"Life afterwards must be normal and I think this is where a picture must be shown that there must not be permanent hatred between leaders.
Once things have been voiced out, there must be a normal relationship restored completely and what we see here is that after the exchange of words (between President Sata and Mutharika) in Pretoria in terms of restored relationship, there is something practical to show that there is a strong tie of normal relationship," he said.
Rev Mwanza said President Sata's ability to forgive and embrace togetherness must trickle down to cadres.
"We see President Sata moving into the footsteps of our founding president Dr Kenneth Kaunda who was able to use national resources for the liberation of the country, continent and the region and I think this is the Zambian spirit," said Rev Mwanza.
Prof Wa Mutharika who died on April 7 after a cardiac arrest will be buried on April 23 at Ndata Farm in Thyolo.