Malawi court fines CCAP Church for defaming pregnant mom

CCAP church in Ntchisi was on Friday ordered to pay K130,000 as compensation to a pregnant woman who dragged the church to court for defamation, after delegates from the church confronted her to enquire if the man responsible for her pregnancy was a member of their church.

Portrait of pregnant woman in Malawi

Portrait of pregnant woman in Malawi

The woman, Ruth Maundu,32, complained that her rights to privacy was infringed and her name defamed due to the enquiry that the church carried on her.

Speaking in defense during court proceedings, one of the senior members of the church, Michael Kamende, said the church did not intend to defame the woman but was clearing the church’s image which was at stake as there were rumours that one of the senior members of the church was going out with the lady.

“Each time our senior member stood up to preach in church, the congregation murmured in protest due to the rumour surrounding him. Ours was just an enquiry so that we could discipline our member if it was discovered to be true,” said Kamende, who spoke emphatically with gestures throughout trying to save the church’s face.

He said the church didn’t see any problem with the action it took to clear the mist using the woman but said ‘unfortunately’ the woman aimed at embarrassing the church.

“I don’t see the reason why we are in court over this issue today. This could have been sorted within ourselves and the chief of the area but the woman only thought and chose to embarrass our church for her own interest,” said the church elder.

Apart from Kamende who was leader of the church’s defense, other two church leaders entered the docks trying to save the church by testifying. The woman insisted and pressured the church to prove if they considered her rights to privacy and her name in their enquiry which she said involved a number of people risking her dignity and privacy.

However, Second Grade Magistrate Young Ng’oma, adjourned the proceedings for a couple of minutes for judgment and reappeared with judgment file a little later as the church members who filled the court to capacity, held their breath.

Reading the judgment, Ng’oma said the church was at fault as it went outside its bounds as the woman involved, belonged to a different church and that the church failed to prove that there was a relationship between its member and the woman.

The magistrate said due to the enquiry, the woman’s name was defamed, her rights to privacy infringed and psychologically affected by church’s action.

He then ordered the church to compensate the woman with K130 ,000, the ruling that did not go well with the CCAP members present who chanted songs of sorrow outside the court.

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42 thoughts on “Malawi court fines CCAP Church for defaming pregnant mom”

  1. Simeon Nyapala says:

    Mwaachita bwino aakulu ampingowa aatolere chachikhumi akapereke kwa wolakwayo.

  2. George Lihoma says:

    A good lesson to all in power not to use their authority abusively and selfishly.Not a good development for all christiendom.Kapena titi,mwachititsa manyazi chikhristu chonse,atsogoleri a mpingu opusa inu.

  3. Richman says:

    Wa achita bwino chemwali thats not church business, mimba its a private and you know what you are doing , you know the owner of the pregnancy iwo ana awo akatenga mimba a mpingo anabwerako kuzamfusa kuti mimba ndi ya ndani. Nkhoma Synod shame on you ine nchifukwa chake ndinachidomoka chi mpingo chimenechi, kulondana kwabasi koma ana awo amawakanika. Udye ndalamazo chemwali mtima m’malo anakuputira dala, wachita bwino ndipo wachita bwino, ndikutitu waachita bwino.

  4. Tmc says:

    The church did a wrong think why asking the woman who is not their member. The woman has no mandate to mention the responsible man as that its not the issue to discus. Privacy violation indeed to ths woman and embarasment which shldnt be tolarated any gud at all, lets not hide in the name of the church but protocol be followed at any situation. The church has an obligation to promote privacy to individuals at any situation, that is a true church. Akuluampingo samalani zochitika zanu ngati simudziwa kufufuza let other ppl do for u on behalf eg u cud silently hire a CID from police to do it for u. Osanyazitsa mpingo wanthu inu a kulu ampingo.

  5. mzimwale says:

    God will never be mocked, magistrate court may vindicate you. You can eat church money. But God knows the whole truth. One day the righteous judge will judge righteously. If I was a member of this church I would give K30,000 out of my pocket.

  6. Kacholima says:

    Simply the church went beyond its jurisdiction. How could they summon somebody who is not affiliated to their church? Tulo akulo ampingo a majekete ngati a Mchona.

  7. Mbalambala says:

    Big up young ng’oma ena atengerepo lesson

  8. summary please says:

    So let the woman reveal the father of the baby she is carrying,if she fails then chances are the church gurus were right,why was it so hard to just say,no,yhe alleged persob is not the father,and settle the issue outside courts,this woman id alduterous and no church can allow that

  9. christian says:

    While what ever happened between the member of the church and the woman is true. the church was supposed to act in love the spirit of God is a spirit of order not chaos what ever these members were doing was trying to prove themselves holy than the woman this should have been a private issue. why not call the woman to the church in private. this reminds me of that woman caught in adultery the men wanted to scandalise her but Jesus proved them wrong.Let’s act in true rightiousness and not hypocrisy

  10. hohoba says:

    God help us

  11. Achimidzimidzi says:

    After judgment did she tell court the owner of the pregnancy? The baby will named Court, without surname.

    Abambo akutchulidwa kuti a Privacy, dzilawo lenireni ndani? Kodi zikadalipo zomakha ndimimba yopanda bambo?. Kepena abambo ndi wokwatira kale ndiye mukuwopa kuwathetsera banja loyambalo.

    Munachita kale chigololo, ingotchula dzinalo kuti anzanu mumpingo anthe manong’onong’o

  12. NYANI says:

    signs of the times

  13. a CCAP kuyerekedwa kuonanga a court ndi azibale awo akumana nazo.

  14. Amos kwadzanji says:

    Ndalama zachepa and am going to sit down with the lady so that we can take the matter to high court.I wish it could be k13million.amaonjeza am churchwa.Thanks for the magestrate for judging the case with no fear.this is the justice we are all waiting from pipo like you.

  15. Bololo says:

    Pangani apilu a tchalitchi.

  16. chilombo says:

    Mwangompatsapo ya matewera oyambira zaziii basi.Koma mimba kapena mwana obadwayo sadzakhala wamatsoka?Ndikumalawitu kuno,akuluakulu ambiri amajekete oyera aja amakhala okhwima

  17. Chimbirazowa says:

    Man of God why these rumors? And u woman why not be honest if it was yes or no, than going to court.

  18. nyengo says:

    shurrup you idiotic false merchants of spirituality!! may you ALL rot in HELL!!

  19. Horrex Ngangabulawayo says:

    Anthu amene amati ndiopemphera ndi amene akusokoneza maganizo a wanthu. Azikuluakulu a mipingo mwanyanya kunyenga akazi a wenewake. Sinthani makhalidwe opusawo. You should be examplary as you lead people towards salvation.

  20. Neutral says:

    Munyanya ampingo, as if u r holy inuyo

  21. kamanga yao says:

    Amaonjeza badly

  22. M'ngoni wa pa Ntcheu says:

    Kikikikikkkkk anthu a kolala kuwayimbitsa nyimbo za m’ bukhu ku khothi, koma yaaaaaaa

  23. Geoffrey Chimuliwo says:

    Ndalama zasuluka mpamba wapezeka

  24. Akulisinga says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk though laughed, its a pity to end up that way. vuto logwetsana mu mpingo ndilimeneli. Tiyeni konko timgwetse mkulu ameneyu! ndiye bwa?

  25. chembe says:

    Anazoputa dala amenewo.Why dl you want to judge others with rumours?Nanga amvano amaphunzitsa Ana kutambawo muwatani??Kapena mmakwiya kuti bwanji sanagwile mayi WA mvano mkkhola mwani momwemo?

  26. nenani sawasawa says:

    sheeeee

  27. koma akazi tsopano pa MALAWI apenya koma maiu february amuva bwino mpa k130.000 grand. koma eeesh watchout don’t be grad with this foken money

  28. mtukwanika Tsokalanga says:

    Adavana kuzuna amenewo

  29. Abk says:

    K130,000 is too small. It could be over K.5m to forward a good lesson to many religious bodies which exercise such related characters.

  30. Maliseni says:

    A LESSON TO ALL OTHER CHURCHES, YOU DON’T ASK A PERSON WHETHER HE IS GUILTY OR NOT. YOU SEEK THE FACE OF THE LORD WHO KNOWS EVERYONE UNDER THE SUN AND REVEALS OUR INNER MOST CHARACTERS THAT ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE BEFORE HIS PRESENCE. BUT BECAUSE THE LEADERS AS WELL ARE QUESTIONABLE BEFORE THE LORD, YOU OPT TO FOLLOW UP SUCH CASES PHYSICALLY AND NOT SPIRITUALLY. LORD HELP US TO HAVE CLEAN HEART TO SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THY SPIRIT THAT SEES BEYOND OUR NAKED EYE. WE KNOW YOU CREATED US IN YOUR OWN IMAGE. WE OUGHT TO SEE WHAT YOU SEE AS OUR FATHER, BUT OUR SINFUL NATURE MAKE US NOT ABLE TO SEE THAT WAY.

  31. fandirama says:

    K130,000 basi ? kuno ku ntchisi ife tili okhumudwa kuti a chalichi cha ccap amenewa akanapatsidwa chilango chowawa osati chimenechi kuti asiye miseche. Kungoti chalichi chimene chili mudela limeneli munachuluka mahule kobasi .

  32. church elder says:

    Abominable, excessive, conspirators! God will remain God. Sons of Sceva, and Pilatos of the modern – nothing under the son has not happened before. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity, says the preacher!

  33. mtubii says:

    A mpingo sanalakwe kweni kweni. That woman is not telling the truth. The senior church leader ” knows” this woman. The court action is a cover up. Mu ma church umu mwagona ma issues oopsya

  34. bertha says:

    If she had sued in the higj court she could have received more than k700000 the church was really wrong

  35. cbk says:

    thus what we advised yu the consequence to come.if yu thought it was right to be solted out at the village chief,why then yu acted like fbi?elders be careful with yur decisions.we’re in a democratic world.the magistrate was too soft to the judgement,yu could have paid more than that,just giving yu a lesson.faithfuls behavior at court is also irresponsible.

  36. Dr. Mango says:

    What a lesson!!!

  37. kaukonde says:

    With the way things are turning the church is losing its moral compass as leaders think they can be like God in judging others. You will find out that some of these elders were rebuffed by this woman hence their actions. As it is happening in europe most of these churches will soon be turned into bars as people will resort to individual prayers in their houses.

  38. Mkwaso says:

    This is high stage drama. Why complain and sing songs of sorrow when you were careless and stupid in the first place? Some church officials/ elders go overboard on simple and straight forward issues. They need to be slowed down and ensure that they act within their bounds. Just pay up the money. You really intruded in the woman private life.

  39. khamani!! says:

    Yes sir. It’s about time .

  40. Zosautsa says:

    Ayudasi akadalipobe. Kukonda ndalama kugulitsa chilugamo. Mmalo mongoyankha mafunso mwatiti defamation who defamed you yet you were asked in camera. Idya ndalamazo koma with guilty conscious.

  41. milimbo says:

    Right judgment. Mbuli za ccap zimenezo

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