The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia says it does not prohibit its Ministers to vie for political office provided they retire, resign or opt for secondment to other institutions.
“They must choose whether to serve people under God’s guidance or Political Parties,” General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo said.
The Synod said if Ministers do not choose one of the three options, yet they are running for political office then they will face dismissal.
Reverend Nyondo was reacting to Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango’s change of mind to contest as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba Solola in the next year’s tripartite elections.
“After taking a huge amount of thought, I have decided that I will not contest,” Nyasa Times quoted Mhango as saying.
Reverend Nyondo said that so far Reverend Mhango had became the fourth Minister to express his desire to run for political office but made a ‘U’ turn.
“Last time he told us that it was the Chiefs who were pushing him. Now we will wait for formal communication from him,” he said.
Others are Reverend David Mphande won under the DPP ticket in 2009 in Nkhata Bay, Reverend O Mkumbwa, who stood as an MCP candidate in 2004 in Chitipa lost and Reverend Mbezuma, who stood on Aford ticket also lost.