New leadership at Malawi Council of Churches: Exit Bishop Bvumbwe enters Rev Maulana

Malawi’s largest and most influential Christian body, the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), has revamped its leadership, now led by Blantyre Synod top priest, Reverend Alex Maulana.

Mualanda replaces Evangelical Lutheran Church of Malawi (ELCM) Bishop Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe as chairperson.

Rev. Maulana, who is deputized by Bishop Fanuel Magangani of the Anglican church, has meanwhile called upon the church to work as one and forget denominational differences.

“We are a unique christian body made of different church doctrines. We have Presbyterians, Anglicans, Pentecostals and others amongst us. We are one under the MCC and should work together to advance the Christian church interests,” he said in his acceptance speech on Thursday evening after elections that took almost an hour and a half.

In his farewell speech, Bishop Bvumbwe advised the new leadership that all was not rosy in the MCC due to devaluation which has brought with it economic problems in all spheres of life, and that the church was challenged by some donor and partner ideologies that support unGodly issues such as homosexuality and sodomy, among others.

New MCC leadership:Rev. Maulana, right, with new vice Bishop Magangani,

“Finances at the MCC are a challenge and I make a plea to the new leadership to work hard and find better solutions to the current situation,” he said.

Bishop Magangani replaces former vice chairperson Rev. Bossman Suzumile-Chitheka who is now leading chaplaincy at the MCC affiliate, Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM), dealing with all church-based hospitals across the country.

Members of the new executive committee include Bishop Brighton Malasa of the Anglican Diocese of the Lower Shire, Bishop Gilfod Matonga of the pentecostal calling, Rev. Maureen Tchuwa, Mrs. Marble Madinga, and Reverend Nyanga’ma.

The Board of Trustee membership includes Reverend Levi Nyondo of the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP, Rev. Nyalubwe, Rev. Mercy Chilapula,  and Major Mary Mbwanda of the Salvation Army elected in absentia.

“We are committed and ready to assist the new leadership at all times. Whenever you face problems, remember we are here as your parents to help you. That we shall without fear or favour,” promised Rev. Nyondo speaking on behalf of the new Trustees.

The indaba taking place at the Shire Lodge in Liwonde also reviewed the organisation’s constitution, revamped its membership fees and discussed challenges facing the Mother Body.

The meeting, which comes after five years due to financial hiccups, also produced a Communique.

The old committee comprised of Bvumbwe, Chitheka, Rev. Andrew Maere, Mr. Marchwells Mkandawire, Mrs. Mkoko, and Reverend Msowoya.

Group photo of participants, and ex-vice chair Rev. Chitheka conducting business in plenary

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