Outspoken Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) General Secretary (GS) Levi Nyondo, will be retiring from the post he has served for 15 years but might carry on until the synod held an elective conference.
The synod will decide on whether Nyondo will continue as the elective conference slated for August this year might not be held due to the Covid-19. pandemic. The synod general assembly, among other things was expected to elect the GS, the deputy and Moderator. Speaking in an interview, the synod general secretary, Nyondo, said if the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it is likely that the synod may not hold the assembly because it attracts over 600 delegates.
He, however, disclosed that he will not take part in the elections as he is retiring in July this year together with other three ministers. Nyondo has served for 34 years in the synod and 15 years in the office of general secretary. He however, declined to mention names of candidates vying for his position.
He synod executive committee will decide whether to keep him as GS or put a care taker as the church awaits the general assembly. “For us at Livingstonia Synod nominations of candidates are done right away at the conference and every minister can contest. Therefore, you might think they are few, but the truth of the matter is that they are many,” Nyondo said.
“The synod assembly is not confirmed because we have to see the progress of Covid -19. If it will continue we may change because the situation will dictate. “If the pandemic will be rising by July, we are going to call for executive meeting which will later follow synod emergency meeting where decision will be made,” Nyondo said.
The synod has over 300 ministers from it’s over 250 congregations. The synod has also postponed some of its Presbyterian conferences that were supposed to be held in May.
In a letter addressed to all presbyteries and congregations, the synod has approved some of its Presbyterian meetings that are scheduled in July but suspended observers from the delegates list so that the gatherings do not exceed 100 attendants.
Meanwhile, the synod has placed its foot down that it will not observe the government’s 21 day lockdown when the court lifts an injunction which was placed on the same.