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Livingstonia Synod protects its colours

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Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) plans to seek court’s intervention to stop Christians from other churches from putting on black and white as their religious regalia.

The synod claims it came up with the colours of the uniform [for men and women’s guilds and the youth] which has, overtime, been replicated by many other protestant churches in the country.

It says this development makes people fail to distinguish the churches Christians from the rest.

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The issue was discussed during the synod’s recent general assembly at Laudon in Embangweni where delegates said it was a continuation from the last meeting four years ago.

“We introduced that attire for our church as a symbol of identity but people have taken it over. We should have rights over it,” said a number of ministers at the assembly.

The uniform entails women putting on black long skirts, white blouses and white head gear.

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Men, put on black trousers, white shirt and black neckties with a badge containing the Synod’s logo, while the youth put on same colours but their black neckties have no logo on them.

Responding to questions, Synod’s General Secretary, Reverend Levi Nyondo, who was re-elected at the gathering said his office failed to continue with the case to court as the last assembly agreed because their lawyer, Victor Gondwe, enlightened them that they did not register the uniform.

“My office consulted our lawyer on the matter. However, the challenge we are facing was that we did not register our uniform. Therefore, the lawyer told us to first register before we go further with legal action. That is why we have indicated in the minute’s document that we have not yet implemented it,” Nyondo said.

He then said the synod is in the process to register the uniform and continues to implement the decision which the assembly made.

Gondwe confirmed the development in a separate interview and said he is waiting for a go-ahead from his clients to commence the legal proceedings.

In a related development last year, the synod officials went around Mzuzu City, confiscating Tumbuka hymn books from religious groups and churches using it without the synod’s permission.

But newly elevated moderator, John Gondwe, refused to comment on the matter when called for clarification on Wednesday.

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