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Welcome to the Karonga Diocese Official Website

The Catholic Diocese of Karonga is found in the Northern part of Malawi. Malawi is a landlocked country found in South Eastern Africa with a size of about 118,000km². It is bordered by Tanzania to North East, Zambia to the North West and Mozambique to the South East and South West.

The Diocese is fairly new, created on 21st July 2010 by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. Read more about us here: ABOUT US

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CALGA Project Coordinator Vincent Bwinga stressing a point during the orientation
CAG Members Reveal Gaps in the Implementation of Development Projects

By Vincent Bwinga

Community Action Group (CAG) members from Lupembe and Mbande ADC have expressed concern that guidelines for development projects under Constituency Development Fund, District Development Fund, and Local Development Funds are not being followed in the implementation of projects.

CALGA Project Coordinator Vincent Bwinga stressing a point during the orientation
CALGA Project Coordinator Vincent Bwinga stressing a point during the orientation

Speaking during the orientation workshop at Club Marina in Karonga, on 11 September 2018, Gilbert Msukwa said they were amazed why implementers of local development projects choose not to follow the guidelines which are very clear.

He cited CDF guidelines which demand for members of parliament to engage Area Development Committees (ADCs) and councilors, in identification of projects with reference to the District Development Plan, which is not the case in his area.

“Projects are implemented without project implementation committees (PICs) and funds are being managed as personal funds. This is a direct contrast to what is outlined in the guidelines,” said Msukwa.

Also commenting during the workshop, Mercy Ndovie said the district council gets 5% from funds allocated to District Development Funds for monitoring among others but projects are not being visited. She questioned how the 5% money is being spent.

“DDF projects are not being supervised which leads to poor quality and others remain incomplete for years,” said Mercy Ndovie.

Community Action Group members hailed the Justice and Peace Desk of Karonga Diocese for coming up with Citizen Action in Local Government Accountability (CALGA) project which they said has equipped them on how they can monitor and track public resources.

CAG members promised to intensify community awareness on local development resources guidelines and demand for transparency and accountability where necessary.

CALGA project is being implemented by the Justice and Peace Desk of Karonga Diocese in Karonga and Chitipa districts with funding from Irish Government through Danish Church Aid.

"A New Happy Family" Karonga Diocese Staff with Father Kumwenda (in green chasuble) after the retreat
2018 Annual Retreat for Karonga Diocese Staff Members

By Leah Nyondo

From 7th to 9th September, 2019, sixty staff Karonga Diocese staff members rested from their usual cares and retreated to Nkhatabay Pastoral Centre for their annual spiritual retreat.

"A New Happy Family" Karonga Diocese Staff with Father Kumwenda (in green chasuble) after the retreat
“A New Happy Family” Karonga Diocese Staff with Father Kumwenda (in green chasuble) after the retreat

This is usually a special moment where staff members renew their commitment to God, examine their priorities in life and make concrete and practical resolutions to shape the direction of their lives. Retreats also allow people to rekindle their relationship with Christ.

The preacher of the retreat, Father Martin Kumwenda, carefully selected the theme “The New Happy Family” and focused on the importance of unity at all levels.

Preaching during the retreat, Father Kumwenda stressed that God wants his children to gather as family. He made biblical references to the families of Noah, Abraham, and political alliances in the Bible which gathered people together as a family.

Making reference to Jesus’ sacerdotal prayer in John 17:1-24, where He called for unity among believers, Father Kumwenda said Jesus wants all of us to be in one happy home.

“We are invited to this new happy family.  As members who work together at the Curia, we are also a family. Do we individually have any sense of having a family? Where are we on this God given task of gathering families?” asked Father Kumwenda.

Father Kumwenda also highlighted vices that lead people to break away from one big family such as addction, selfishness and unhealthy competition.

He said addiction is really a disease and it emanates from how we utilize goods of the earth. He said addictions on money, alcohol and drugs and others if not controlled can make us powerless. He then spent time to outline the steps towards recovering from addictions to regain our position in one happy family.

Silence, which is a key companion of spiritual retreats, was emphasized as a catalyst to deep spiritual reflection. Spiritual reading, Sacrament of Confession and Mass formed part of the days of prayer.

Lastly, staff members thanked the Bishop Martin Anwel Mtumbuka of the Diocese of Karonga, who apart from encouraging professional growth and high standards of performance among his staff members, he also promotes their spiritual growth. They expressed gratitude to the Bishop for providing the necessary resources to conduct the retreat.

Traditional authorities of Chitipa and Karonga with CCJP Officers
Karonga and Chitipa Chief’s Council Adopt the Creation of Chiefs’ Wives Association at T/A Level

By Vincent Bwinga

Traditional Authority Kilupula of Karonga says the creation of Chiefs’ Wives Association at Traditional Authority level will assist in making the forum accessible to all wives of traditional leaders in Chitipa and Karonga and hence fight against violence against women and children.

Traditional authorities of Chitipa and Karonga with CCJP Officers
Traditional authorities of Chitipa and Karonga with CCJP Officers

Traditional Authority Kilupula said this in Chitipa District, when he represented Paramount Chief Kyungu, at the Chiefs’ Council meeting. He said that traditional leaders established the Chiefs’ Wives Association at District Council level in 2017 but is has not been bearing fruits due to long distances.

The Chiefs convened the 22nd to 23rd August, 2018 meeting to review the action plan that was made in 2017 and deliberate on new approaches in ending violence against women and children in the two districts. The meeting was held in collaboration with the Justice and Peace Desk on the UN Women funded HeforShe project. The project seeks to end violence against women and children through male engagement.

During the two-day meeting the Chief’s Council adopted the creation of Chiefs’ Wives Association at Traditional authority level to enhance advocacy and sensitization efforts to end violence at the community level. The traditional leaders also adopted the creation of Men against Violence Against Women Forums to bring into the dialogue as agents of change for gender equality by championing the fight.

Commenting during the meeting, Traditional Authority Mwenewenya settled for binding district bylaws for uniformity in approaches and effectiveness of the project in the district. The traditional leader said the current bylaws can easily be challenged in the court of law. He, therefore, he appealed to the Chief’s Council to push for the signing of Chitipa district Bylaws.

In the process of eliminating violence against women and children, Karonga Chitipa chief’s council is a forum of Traditional Authorities from Karonga and Chitipa with readership of paramount chief Kyungu as patron for the forum and champion for HeforShe project in Malawi.

The Chief’s Council was formed to facilitate the work of chiefs in ending violence against women and children; to be a mouthpiece for all chiefs and their subjects in Chitipa/ Karonga; to spearhead the fight against harmful cultural practices and to promote girl child education.

The meeting was organized by Chiefs council and Justice and Peace of Karonga Diocese on HeforShe project being implemented in the Karonga District. All Traditional Authorities from Chitipa and Karonga were represented.