By Mike Gwadani
As Malawians are coming to terms with the recent State of National Disaster which was declared by President Peter Mutharika and the imposed directive that bars any public gathering of more than 100 people it has been revealed that some religious churches and Politicians are defying the ban.
A spot check across the country over the week end has revealed that some churches did not adhere to instructions from their World and National headquarters that they should not congregate in churches.
GT have evidence that in both Chiradzulo, Blantyre and Lilongwe some Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) branches congregated in church with figures of members who attended the service ranging from 400 to 600.
Ironically in Blantyre, it was Blantyre Likhubura ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament Gladys Nankhumwa who defied the order by conducting a political rally in her constituency where more than 100 people converged.
In Lilongwe some churches also defied the order to an extent that a Pentecostal church held a women conference at Bingu International Convention Center (BICC) where more than 7,000 women gathered.
However on a positive note some institutions have responded positively to the ban one such institution is the catholic university which has since closed its doors.
On a religious note in an effort to accommodate all its members an opportunity to pray in churches the CCAP Blantyre synod has increased services at all of its churches. While on the business front Telecom Network Malawi has closed its shops and has since advised its consumers to use electronic transactions on Mpamba if they want to buy any of its products.
The sports fraternity has not being spared with the impact of COVID-19 as the Super league of Malawi has postponed the opening of the league.
However it remains to be seen as to whether all the social institutions will adhere to the directive.
Meanwhile Malawi is yet to register a COVID positive case.