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Livingstonia Synod case out of court

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Ministers who sued Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) for unconstitutional synod’s elections held at Loudon Mission last year have finally agreed to withdraw the case and settle the matter out of court.

Reverends Timothy Nyasulu and Clifford Baloyi and Church Elder Spencer Mhone’s decision comes after the ministers presented conditions to the synod and agreed that the moderator Reverend John Gondwe will call for an extraordinary general assembly within 30 days from June 15, 2017.

Speaking in an interview on Wednesday after their long closed meeting held in Mzuzu, Baloyi said both parties have agreed that their lawyers should today start the process of withdrawing the case.

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This means the court will not proceed with the hearing of the case today.

“We met and agreed that their [synod] lawyer Victor Gondwe will write the court to withdraw the case and our lawyer Towera Chatupa will stamp it and present [the letter] to the High Court.

“We have already communicated to our lawyers on the new development and let the people be updated on this matter,” Baloyi said.

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He, however, said their camp will continue with the case if the synod’s moderator plans to buy time as the next synod meeting is scheduled for August, this year.

“The normal August synod general assembly might not have this matter on the agenda. Therefore, we are saying if the moderator will not call for an extraordinary general assembly by July 15, then we will proceed with our case without looking back,” Baloyi added.

He then thanked the Christians who are praying over the matter, adding their prayers will lead into the proper general assembly to be scheduled by the moderator.

However, Gondwe asked for more time before commenting on the matter as he was locked in a meeting.

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