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Brighton Vita Malasa excommunicated

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SHOWN THE EXIT—Malasa

Former Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire (Adus), Brighton Vita Malasa, has been excommunicated from the Church by the Anglican Church of Province of Central Africa.

The announcement was made in a letter that was issued on Sunday.

The development follows alleged failure by Malasa and other members of the church to avail themselves for two meetings arranged for them when the provincial Archbishop Albert Chama was in the country a week ago.

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The Anglican Provincial Team from Zambia, led by Chama, visited Zomba to try and resolve the long standing disagreements in Adus, where some members of the church and clergy were pushing for Malasa’s ouster.

However, their planned two meetings did not take place and they returned to Zambia disappointed.

The letter also discloses that not only the former bishop but all those who defied the order of the church in the long protracted disagreements with the higher orders of the church have also been excommunicated.

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For a while, there has been a wrangle in Adus where some Christians were demanding the resignation of Malasa allegedly over mismanagement of the church, making unilateral decisions when transferring the clergy and mismanagement of funds.

Malasa has since described the move as laughable and strange.

“You don’t apply emotions on this. It will be costly and damaging to the Church of God,” Malasa said in a WhatsApp interview.

Meanwhile, the Anglican Church has appointed Reverend Canon Grant Timpunza Tebulo as Vicar General of Adus.

Adus Diocesan Secretary, Chris Zambira, has since, at the instruction of Tebulo, sent out invitations to all clergy in the diocese to an emergency meeting at Chilema, Malosa in Zomba.

The Anglican Council in Malawi, through Bishop Alinafe Kalemba, has since endorsed the decision made in Zambia

“Anglican Council in Malawi is under the Church of the Province of Central Africa, so we abide by what has been communicated,” Kalemba said.

The Diocese of Lake Malawi which manages the Central Region has, in a letter signed by diocesan Secretary Reverend Canon Mphatso Lutuwano, advised its clergy in the region not to entertain as priests those that have been excommunicated in Adus.

The Anglican wrangle in Adus came in the limelight in 2018 when disgruntled Christians from the diocese started protesting against Malasa.

Thirty-nine parishes out of 41 pulled out of Malasa’s leadership since the wrangle erupted.

Malasa, who served as Bishop for the diocese since 2009, was reportedly refusing to step down and demanded about K1 billion plus a 25 percent devaluation effect to the amount if he were to resign.

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