By Evance Chisiano MANA
Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) in the Zomba Diocese cheered Bishop. Rev. Alfred Mateyu Chaima with Christmas tea and new year best regards as the women organisation wound up 2023 with fulfillment of number of its obligations.
Speaking on Saturday afternoon at the Zomba Cathedral Hall, Chaima said he was grateful for the CWO’s gesture and decision to wish him new year regards.
“I’m grateful for your new year best regards and for giving me presents as we are winding up the year,” added the bishop.
He called on the women to remain united, focused and visionary to fulfill their 2024 aspirations citing their intention to procure a bus.
As part of 2024 plans, the Zomba Dioceses CWO plans to buy the bus to ease members’ mobility apart from their intentions to hire the bus out, as part of income generation to fulfil various obligation in the church and society.
On socio-political aspect, Rev, Chaima called on the women in Zomba Dioceses to aspire for decision making positions in the church ahead of 2024 elections in various positions in the diocese and further encouraged the women to aspire for local government, parliamentary and presidential seats ahead of the 2025 elections.
He said women can ably compete alongside men in various church and political positions as long as they are eligible to contest, adding that women have potential, capacity and ability to lead in various positions if given opportunities.
The Zomba Diocese bishop also appealed women in the dioceses to encourage children to go to school to ensure educated and productive future society that should contribute politely to growth of the church and the nation’s socio-economic development.
In her remarks, Zomba Diocese CWO Chairperson, Christina Lakiyoni said the women organisation decided to wish the bishop best regards for 2024 in appreciation of his leadership which according to CWO provides conducive environment for women participation in church activities.
She said the CWO fulfilled a number of planned activities in the year such as procurement of a maize mill and provision of students’ accommodation at Malawi Catholic University at Nguludi in Chiradzulu