Sympathizers of Pastor Gersom Nkhata Mwale of the Assemblies of God Church on Sunday locked their prayer house to block a high powered delegation sent by their Headquarters to announce the suspension of their Pastor.
As per tradition, the suspension was supposed to be announced in the presence of the whole congregation, a move that those who are backing Pastor Mwale did not want to take place.
Although the North Central Division Headquarters Team and other members sought the intervention of the Police, nothing fruitful came to their side.
A source in Dwangwa said that the revolting team took an extra gear to go and hold their prayers in the Kasasi Hills to make sure that the communication is not made so that Pastor Mwale should continue ministering at Dwangwa.
“One Member kept the keys after learning that there would be that announcement during the prayers so there was some commotion such that the Police were contacted by the other team, but no arrests were made.
“And no prayers were held in the Church,” he said.
Nkhunga Police acknowledged to have ben approached by the Church but failed to act further because they want the matter to be resolved within the Church hierarchy.
“We only made sure that there was no breach of peace but the matter can surely be sorted out by themselves,” said a police fficer.
News has been viral that the Pastor went wild proposing one of the Church Members in the name of Esther Chimbwinda popularly known as ‘Amai a Farai’.
Malawi Assemblies of God president Edward Chitsonga said the Church’s Disciplinary Team headed by Director Reverend Smith found Pastor Mwale guilty of working contrary to the Ministry’s ethics.
“What Pastor Mwale did was against our Ministry’s ethics,” said the president, who revealed that the Church is concerned with the ensuing battles among Christians at the Dwangwa Church, after news went viral that Pastor Mwale went out of his Ministerial bounds.
There has been voice clips and Whatsapp screen shot messages circulating on social media with messages exposing the Pastor’s advances to Chimbwinda which she earlier on reported the Pastor to his seniors but it is understood that the Pastor has a backing of some top members that she was the one who proposed the pastor.
“Amai a Farai may you please remove the Facebook post on your wall about our issue for to error is human. I admit to have made a very big mistake,” pleads Mwale in one of the clips.
In one of the messages, Mwale who is married promises to take care of Chimbwinda’s children whom their father died last year.
The Church’s Welfare Director at Dwangwa Moses Mawaya said it is true that they locked up the Church because as Church Members, they were not consulted on the issue of Pastor Mwale.
“All what we wanted was protocol to be followed that include calling the Pastor’s witnesses to hear both sides of the story,” he said.
Our source however confided in us that the Pastor was called to a disciplinary hearing at the Division where he accepted and apologised. he was also told of the verdict and was aware that it would be made public as protocol; demanded in their Church.
Nyasa Times could not establish what the next step would be as people are waiting for next Sunday to hear what matters would arise.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :