People’s Party (PP) running mate Sosten Gwengwe has been asked to apologise to Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) over remarks he made at a rally held at Chief Mazengera headquarters in Lilongwe on Sunday addressed by President Joyce Banda.
The church has written Gwengwe asking him to make an apology on what he said during the rally in vernacular Chichewa, about how Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera ditched his former church, CCAP, to join the Assemblies of God after the church had given him a scholarship to study theology abroad.
The letter, signed by Nkhoma Synod moderator Dr Chatha Msangaambe and synod senior clerk Brian Kamwendo and copied to Gwengwe, Chakwera and the Malawi Assemblies of God, says they are disassociating themselves from Gwengwe’s remarks as he is neither an official spokesperson nor communicant church member.
Reads the letter: “The Nkhoma Synod is a church and not a political party, therefore, using CCAP Nkhoma as a campaign tool, either to promote your party or to destroy other people’s candidature is wrong and unacceptable.”
The letter further says Gwengwe should have gotten correct information from the synod officials regarding Chakwera’s move from the Nkhoma Synod before divulging such information as it was wrongly presented.
Gwengwe has since said he will make the apology.
But said he was giving “facts”.
The Synod however said the issue was wrongly presented by Gwengwe, saying it would “have been proper for Gwengwe to get proper information from the Synod”.