Cracks are emerging in Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) with four of its ministers being called for a disciplinary hearing for publicly condemning partisan politics within the synod.
The four are reverends Donnex Ngalande, Duncan Kananji, Mkwezalamba and Maloya.
The Synod’s General Secretary Reverend Billy Gama addressing the media yesterday said he is the only lawful spokesperson of the synod.
“According to the CCAP Blantyre Synod Constitution, decisions of the synod are communicated to the public through the office of the General Secretary. It is worrisome that the said ministers did not follow the said laid-out procedures.
“Therefore at the meeting of administrators held on Wednesday, 10 June, 2020, members unanimously agreed that the above mentioned ministers go through a disciplinary hearing,” Gama said.
The ‘concerned pastors’ who addressed the press on Tuesday, accused the synod of encouraging its pastors to be campaigning for a certain presidential candidate ahead of the forthcoming fresh presidential election.
The ministers also alleged that 95 of the synod’s pastors have received K75,000 each for the campaign.
But Gama said the synod respects and adheres to its theological tradition of being non-partisan. However, there is a video clip in circulation of one Reverend Duwa of the synod in Mulanje saying in a sermon that if the congregants who were listening to him were himself, they would all have voted for President Peter Mutharika in the election.
Gama defended the sermon, saying nobody can question something said on a pulpit.
“Those were his views and not necessarily the views of the synod. Ministers have been making those kinds of statements but not in the media. That was said on a pulpit and you do not question what someone says in a sermon,” he said.