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Blantyre Synod drops ‘envelope’ at Stanley Chimesya’s doorstep

Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP), through its legal counsel, on Friday afternoon sent an unknown man to drop an envelope containing alleged court documents at the entrance to the suspended Reverend Stanley Chimesya’s institutional house in Blantyre.

As of Tuesday, the envelope was still at the place where the man who told Chimesya’s wife that the Synod legal counsel, Mayer Chisanga, had sent him is said to have dropped it.

In an interview on Tuesday, both Chimesya and his wife said they do not know what is in the envelope apart from what the man said that there are court documents from Chisanga.

The Synod suspended Chimesya on February 8 this year for speaking to the media on church affairs. His transfer to Nchalo Congregation in Chikwawa was also cancelled.

The suspension was effected just days after he was dismissed as Synod’s Prison Chaplain.

According to Chimesya’s wife, Mphatso, the man who she insisted she did not know went to their house, which is within the Synod headquarters premises, with an envelope and asked for Chimesya.

“He said he was here to drop an envelope containing court documents which the Reverend was supposed to acknowledge receipt by signing somewhere. But when I told him that my husband was not around, the man said I could sign on his behalf which I refused. I told him that I could not use my signature on documents meant for husband,” Chimesya’s wife said.

She said when the man continued pressing for her signature, she gave him Chimesya’s phone number and after talking to him for some minutes the man left the compound.

The wife said the man went to the house again on Friday but Chimesya was not around.

“He again tried to force me to sign and receive the envelope but I told him what I had said the previous day. Then he said he would just go into the house and drop the envelope there.

“This is when I closed the fence door and left him standing outside the compound. That’s when he just threw the envelope into the compound and it is still where he dropped it,” she said in an interview yesterday noon.

Chimesya said he is surprised that the alleged documents for him are coming from the legal counsel not the Synod which is his employer.

“Mr Chisanga is not my employer and I do not work for him. If there is any issue I need to hear, then it must be from the Synod not him,” Chimesya said.

He said apart from the letter of suspension that he received last month, there has been no communication from the Synod secretariat.

Chisanga could not disclose the content of the envelope, saying it is Chimesya who can open and say what is in that envelope.

“Why should I tell you things that he is supposed to tell you? We have sent him an envelope, he is supposed to open it and tell you what is contained in it. It is true we sent him a letter but why should we tell you the content when he can’t open it?” Chisanga said.

Synod General Secretary Reverend Alex Maulana said it is his deputy, Moyenda Kanjerwa, who is dealing with issues to do with Chimesya.

Kanjerwa could not pick up the phone.

The disagreement between Chimesya and Maulana reached the climax last year before the Synod’s electoral General Assembly in August. Maulana was accused of getting financial support from the Democratic Progressive Party while Chimesya’s camp was allegedly pro-People’s Party.

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