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Synod defrocks Rev Chimwemwe Mhango

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AT its General Administration Committee (GAC) meeting last week Tuesday at Phwezi Secondary School in Rumphi, Livingstonia Synod wrote all its presbyteries not to allow Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango to conduct any church service in their churches.

The meeting also stopped Mhango from being a signatory to all church documents at Kanengo CCAP and in any other capacity in the Synod.

The meeting further advised the faithful at Kanengo not to accept any removal transfer from the detached congregation.

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This means that the Synod has finally defrocked Mhango.

“I am writing to inform you that the GAC Meeting at Phwezi Secondary School finally endorsed Mr. C.C Mhango’s suspension. This office is, therefore, instructing all presbyteries and congregations not to: (a) Allow the above Minister to perform any Church Service in our Churches (b) Accept any removal transfer from the detached Kanengo members,” reads a letter signed by synod moderator Rev. Douglas Chipofya, General Secretary Rev. Levi Nyondo and his deputy Rev. J.P.V Mwale.

The meeting further directs: “All letters should have signatures of the Parish Minister Rev. Ng’anjo or Session Clerk M. Pulu.

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By copy of this letter to Kanengo Congregation CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, please removals and funeral letters, should now be signed by the Session Clerk and the Parish Minister. No removal or any communication from Kanengo CCAP Synod of Livingstonia shall be accepted without the two signatures.”

The letter dated August 25, 2015 with the headline “CCAP Synod of Livingstonia General Administrative Committee Endorsement of Rev C.C Mhango’s suspension” is addressed to all presbytery clerks and copies sent to heads of departments, Lilongwe presbytery and Kanengo Parish under the Livingstonia synod.

When called yesterday for his comment, Mhango said he was in a meeting and asked to be called later. Mhango fell out of grace with Livingstonia Synod after refusing to go on transfer to Euthini and Ekwendeni from Kanengo.

He argued that he suspected that the transfers were not in good faith. The Synod then suspended him thinking that sanity would prevail between the two sides until last week Tuesday when the supreme committee of the synod endorsed his expulsion from the synod and deposing him from his priestly duties.

His expulsion has divided the flock at Kanengo CCAP with some for him and others for the synod.

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