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DPP, Livingstonia Synod leaders clash

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Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has asked Livingstonia Synod General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo and Moderator Reverend Douglas Chipofya to step down from their positions over their alleged links to politics.

DPP, through its newly appointed Regional Governor for the North, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, and Treasurer General Jappie Mhango, said they have observed that the two pastors have been very confrontational towards the government.

Speaking at a press briefing in Mzuzu on Wednesday, Ngwira said Nyondo and Chipofya practise politics as evidenced by their alleged open declaration and endorsement of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM alliance.

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The two pastors attended the signing ceremony of the MCP/UTM alliance which was held in Lilongwe on March 19, 2020.

On his part, Mhango said what the two reverends are doing is abuse of privileges.

He said of late, he has noted with concern that instead of preaching the word of God, the church ministers are busy castigating DPP at funerals and even at the pulpit.

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“I would not be wrong to ask them to resign from the pulpit and urge them to follow the route of politics as others did,” he said.

But Chipofya laughed off the accusations and said he and Nyondo are not resigning.

He said they attended the signing ceremony of the MCP/UTM alliance because they were invited by organisers of the event.

Earlier, Nyondo said eight reverends attended the ceremony four of whom were from Livingstonia Synod and the other from Nkhoma Synod.

“We went there because we were invited. If we had refused, it would mean we are being selective or discriminatory. We go to every party which invites us,” he said.

Meanwhile, the church has maintained that it will continue being critical to the government if the latter “continues to fail to develop the country”.

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