Stakeholders are expected to meet at the Lilongwe District Council (DC) chamber this afternoon to resolve a wrangle between members of the Gule Wamkulu cult and Mvama Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Moderator Reverend Yasin Gama.
The wrangle emanates from Gama’s sermon, in which he encourages Christians to be like God, who provides rain even to those who are sinful, making a direct reference to the Gule Wamkulu cult.
Lilongwe DC Lawford Palani said they have a role to play in ensuring the peaceful coexistence of all sectors in society.
“Conflict resolution is one of our responsibilities as a district council. We undertook a similar exercise involving a church in Area 36 not long ago. We have asked the concerned parties to come to a roundtable, where all concerns will be addressed,” Palani said.
He said, among other things, he had sent invitations to CCAP Nkhoma Synod, Chewa Heritage Foundation (Chefo) and Mvama CCAP.
Chefo Deputy Director of Chiefs, Tradition and Dances Lyson Banda said they took the matter to the council for the sake of peace.
“This is a traditional matter and we wanted it resolved in the village, where we have Gule Wamkulu. We wanted the man of God to show us the Gule Wamkulu that had been drenched in the rains. But we have listened to the council’s advice and we are ready to resolve the matter amicably,” Banda said.
He said discussing the matter at the council chambers was a way of ensuring security at Mvama Church premises.
“We could have met right there at Mvama CCAP but we do not want Gule Wamkulu all over the church premises. We have had reports of Gule Wamkulu from other districts as far as Dowa and Dedza wanting to come and camp at the church.
“We do not want to see this happening. Of course, Reverend Gama has apologised but we just want it to be a public apology so that the message goes out to all,” Banda said.
An elder at Mvama, Kenneth Mseka, said a Chefo delegation visited the church to enquire on the preaching whose video clip has gone viral.
“We are meeting this [yesterday] evening to agree on who goes to represent us and what our stand should be on the matter. Reverend Gama will also be in attendance. We will notify you should there be any changes,” Mseka said.
Coordinator of Chewas in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, Senior Chief Lukwa of Kasungu District, called for peaceful existence between religion and culture.