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Livingstonia Synod in trouble for dragging cleric to court

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The CCAP General Assembly will summon Livingstonia Synod to its forthcoming Zimbabwe meeting on November 22 to explain why it sued fired Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango before engaging the General Assembly.

The Synod sued Mhango and the splinter group at Kanengo congregation on November 2, 2015 for using its premises after the two parties severed ties.

CCAP General Assembly Moderator, Reverend Timothy Nyasulu, told Malawi News on Thursday that the assembly would use its Standing Committee to ask Livingstonia Synod why it referred to court church matters.

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“As the General Assembly, we normally meet after four years. However, this standing committee meeting in Harare will tackle issues that were pertinent in all the five synods. For example, recently Livingstonia Synod sued Chimwemwe Mhango without our knowledge. That matter will be tabled,” said Nyasulu.

Nyasulu also said Livingstonia and Nkhoma synods would be taken to task over their protracted border wrangles.

“As the General Assembly, we regret that a border wrangle that has been there between Livingstonia and Nkhoma synods for more than 10 years has greatly affected our hierarchy in administering the churches. Synods are now solving their problems independently without getting advice from the General Assembly.

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“As the General Assembly we hope this coming meeting will solve all border disputes between Livingstonia and Nkhoma synods. This matter has taken too long. We hope from there we shall start a new life in all the synods.”

Livingstonia Synod Moderator, Reverend Douglas Chipofya, asked for more time to respond to the court issue.

High Court Presiding Judge, Charles Mkandawire, in his ruling advised Livingstonia Synod that church matters could best be handled by churches themselves.

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