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Livingstonia clergy differ on Ngoni meet

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Senior clergy at Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) have differed on the call to meet Ngoni chiefs in Mzimba following a public spat between the two institutions.

Synod Moderator Reverend John Gondwe differed with his General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo who is on record to have declined a meeting with the Mzimba Ngonis to resolve their differences over polygamy and beer drinking.

Nyondo recently told the media that meeting the chiefs will be tantamount to corruption arguing when delivering sermons based on Bible teachings, the church does not call for meetings.

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But Nyondo’s boss, Gondwe said meeting with the chiefs is vital to the church because it will help to resolve the misunderstandings that slowly seem growing.

“I am aware the chiefs booked an appointment with us and this meeting was supposed be held last week, only that we were so much engaged. This meeting is very important because it is yet to resolve these small misunderstandings between us and the chiefs. Therefore, we cannot rule out meeting them because the church does not operate in the vacuum,” he said.

Gondwe, who is the head of the Synod, said the church relationship with Mzimba Ngoni chiefs started long time back hence both sides cannot accept their relationship to go sour.

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But Nyondo remained resolute saying the church will continue preaching against every vice and suspend anyone who breaks the synod’s doctrines especially those who are practising polygamy and beer drinking.

He said that the suspension is not dependent on the number of years which the member has served.

Mzimba Ngoni Heritage Association, which represents the chiefs, said their committee resolved to ignore Nyondo’s recent remarks over their meeting arguing it was his personal views.

The association’ Secretary General Ndabazake Thole said: “We are going to meet the synod leadership this week and the moderator has already assured us.”

“We don’t care whether Nyondo will be there or not because we know this meeting intends to resolve everything. We are ready to present minutes of both the missionaries and the M’mbelwa meetings on the issues on the table,” Thole said.

Retired Reverend Anthony Luhanga said the divisions in the church came because the church has some ministers from Ngoni tribe and many Christians on the land.

“If our General Secretary was saying that in line with a sermon in the church or any other church service, that could not have been a problem because we say God has spoken.

“But the problem comes because he was delivering the speech on behalf of the moderator. Inkosi Ya Makosi cannot be confronted like that. Therefore, let us accept that some ministers and Christians are not happy and the only advice I can give is that the synod leaders should meet with the chiefs council and apologise, for the sake of the church,” Reverend Luhanga said.

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