Rev Mhango loses case, court orders break-away congregation to vacate Livingstonia CCAP church

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod on Thursday won the case against break-a-way faction of the Kanengo congregation, in which they were fighting over church premises and property.

urt urges dialogue between Rev Rev Chimwemwe Mhango, Livingstonia Synod

urt urges dialogue between Rev Rev Chimwemwe Mhango, Livingstonia Synod

The High Court in Lilongwe has since ordered the rebellious congregation to vacate the church premises and handover all properties to the Synod including bank accounts.

In April this year, scores of irate congregation at Kanengo CCAP church, Lilongwe broke away from the Synod following the controversial suspension of their reverend Chimwemwe Mhango who had refused to be transferred to Ekwendeni and Euthini congregation in Mzimba.

Rev. Mhango defied the transfer on 20th April 2015, the conduct the Synod leadership cited as “total” insubordination. He was also allegedly to be behind the protests his followers conducted against his transfer.

The Synod was forced to seek court intervention after the congregation refused to vacate the premises, arguing they built the church on their own and that ”owners of the premises are under the CCAP church ministering by Chimwemwe Mhango”.

However, on Thursday Justice Charles Mkandawire ruled in favour of the Synod and ordered the congregation to vacate the premises and handover all properties including church’s bank accounts, furniture and music equipments.

“As a man of God who has been sent to spread the word of God, does it really matter where evangelisation takes place? If the calling he took at Kanengo had conditions attached before he could be transferred, are those conditions set in stone?” said Mkandawire on Rev Mhango.

”This court therefore directs that the Orders sought by the plaintiff (Livingstonia Synod) in the Originating Summons are hereby granted and costs of this action are awarded to the plaintiff,” ruled Justice Mkandawire.

The judge noted in his ruling that the questions and arguments raised in court failed to prove that the property or the church premises belonged to the congregation.

He argued that evidence tendered in court showed that the property at Kanengo congregation was vested in the Trustees of CCAP Livingstonia Synod.

”This applies not only to real or immovable properties but to the other properties such as furniture, beds, music equipments, fridge, church vessels and bank accounts,” he said.

Justice Mkandawire added: ”The evidence on record is very clear and supported by several documents that the immovable properties such as the plots of land were acquired through the Trustees of Livingstonia Synod”.

Mhango was ordained on April 24, 1994 and has served as a minister for various congregations up to date. He is also a renowned gospel musician and Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) president.

The judge said the Livingstonia Synod constitution was founded on the cross-cutting issues of compassion, love, forgiveness and tolerance.

“Actually, any church that is not anchored on these cornerstones is not worth its salt,” Mkandawire said.

Mkandawire noted there was room for negotiations through the CCAP General Synod comprising synods from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and only then would the property issue come before the High Court for adjudication

Both lawyers for Kanengo CCAP Zeros Matumba and Livingstonia synod’s Victor Gondwe welcomed the ruling.

Speaking recently on Maziko radio, Mhango said its people who refuse to let him go because he initiates wonderful development projects wherever he is deployed which are appreciated by the people.

He accused some officials of the synod of envy wondering why he was being uprooted from Kanengo when he had not yet finished his five year term as prescribed in the synod’s rules and regulations.

Mhango also encourages people to speak in tongues and does what pentecostal churches do in healing the sick and casting out demons, a total departure from the CCAP doctrines.

The Kanengo CCAP reverend said on the radio interview said this is what the Bible prescribes. –Additional reporting by Owen Khamula, Nyasa Times

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56 thoughts on “Rev Mhango loses case, court orders break-away congregation to vacate Livingstonia CCAP church”

  1. adona kuseli says:

    Sizilitu ku Kanengo kokha. Pangani research pa synod ya Nkhoma. Zili kumeneko, ana a wanthu 12 months without salary. Poor administration iyo. Pa Nkhoma Synod zoti kukhala christmas ai ndithu ana azunzika. Ngati pali akufuna kwabwino, chonde achiteni fund but not through synod sawapatsa anawa. Ena akungomwalira without getting their terminal benefits. Muwona achita refute koma ndi zankuti, akungodya okha. Transfering from this church to that within town. Safuna kukatumikira outside town. Azibusa ambiri akungomwalira m’midzi chifukwa ena ali nkati mwamacampaign kuti asachoke. The workers will not respond on page because they have no access to everything. God forbid. Chilungamo chimawawa ndithu. I pray to God that these souls should be saved through you good samaritans. Amen

  2. cath says:

    Chimwemwe is childish. don’t know if he is growing!!!

  3. Joseph Moyo says:

    opemphera ndi ambiri koma opemphera zoona ndwochepa chifukwa church sichikuyenera kuweluzidwa ndi dziko(makhot-mabwalo akunja akuposan asilikli ali ndi court yawo)mmalo mot ampingo aweluze dziko iwo akuweluzidwa ndye kwa Mulungu chathu chiliko ngat tayambiratu kuweruzidwa ndi dziko?

  4. The Prophet says:

    Let me firstly salute the judge for the wonderful judgement. Its very unfortunate for the pastor to say people didn’t want me to go out. Do u listen and follow peoples needs or Gods will? Whatever backing u can give here it can’t sink but float, Who can be jealousy of u coz the leaders of the synod just do what they are supposed to as far as administration is concerned. Are u the only one to be transfered? Don’t u forget that there was Rev Chilongo down there but was transfered to Ekwendeni and now at Embangweni,is that wrong? Are there specific Rev to save in town. Don’t cheat urself u people who comment un knowingly. Others were sent to South Africa and are now back saving in various congregations what is so special with him? What was ur calling all about? saving or job seeking? that’s material loving if u ve just forgotten because u really know what u are doing but what will make u depart from the presence of God? worth,poverty,…………. mention them what was ur vow like? Thanks be to the Synod for the external intervention. Why can somebody say the church has found the worldly solution by going through the courts, that was another good step taken. Haven’t u read about Gods people waging a war with other parties in order to reberate the targeted group? The bible is full of example on how the developments move on. Those of u who claim that the Synod has transpassed u be just forgotten may be if u are serious enough ask the history about it for ur reflective process to guide u properly. For our information it was Nkhoma who first encroached the northern territory after the failure to resolve the matter its when the issue of boundaries were put not to be observed, so who was wrong? The issue of refusing transfer is really shameful. This reminds me of the children who are very troublesome and they cause trouble to their parents I just look at them because at one point they will also become parents,when they face the same challenges should they blame their children or themselves coz they are the founders. In this case if him is really to form his own separate church is he ready to expand to the rural areas or else it will only be the town church? And if his pasters will refuse to go to the rural places like Usisya,Mlowe,Mbalachanda just to mention a few is he ready to give them a punishment for refusing? Unless he come back to his senses his church will not be orderly. “Munasoka imwe uheni ukuchitikilamo mwakuti chifukwa cha kawilo kinu wanthu wagawikana nakuluwa chiuta”.My advice is let him apologise and accept wherever he can be sent. The Gods hand is not short that it can’t reach wherever he will be sent its when Gods manifestation can be revealed. May God bless u and guide u as u read this passage. Its not too late and God is always in time. Once u come back u will really be taken as a true man of God failing which wherever u will be u will worshipping with hatred in our hrt and that will be total drama. Read about the prodigal son. Enjoy ur day good people.

  5. SIZZLA KALONJE says:

    Comment the way you want but remember also that Jesus Christ is Comming so be prepared

  6. Blessie says:

    lf all worshipers and Revs had all their wishes done regardless the set church rules they themselves accepted,would there be any church standing? Mpingo opanda malamulo si mpingo.This is why even Jesus destroyed all was in the temple which was turned into a business place.Azibusa ayamba kukonda mtauni,akumudzi atawadyese mawu amulungu ndani?.The synod has done what the Church set it would do in such situations,which surplisingly Chimwemwe himself knows.

  7. Gerald says:

    livingstonia synod vs Mhango…. what are you doing in kanengo after all… area ya Nkhoma synod

  8. Malawi ndiwabwino ? says:

    Livingstonia synod has more cases at the General Synod and Courts. They like fighting too much. Soon they will fight Bt synod once they come to South. Shame why they claim to save God no body knows. Better tumbuka god.

  9. The Most Concerned says:

    Livingstonia Synod is a mere CSO, ths z not a church at all.

  10. jeb says:

    I feel so sad when I see fellow Africans fuss over Christian principles. Let us not be fooled..there is no such thing as one perfect religious belief or congregation in the world. Most of these congregations are a product of the truths and lies, political n religious interests, personal and organisation agendas. The clergy are not men of God..rather his servants..now tell me about a servant of God who was perfect..the CCAP reverends are human just like u and me..they work for the synods that pay them..they have conditions of service just like many of us..they are not prophets but employees of a faith organisation called CCAP..don’t blame them if they claim better reward for growing the church membership or its assets. They know better than you and I do. I had the rare opportunity of being a half-orphan who never run short of a helping hand when growing up..born in a catholiday family, I was raised by different families with other different beliefs..first adventist, presbyterian and pentecostal. I have had close-shave encounters with other congregations such as jehovas witness, muslims and bhudists as well. Today I believe in only one thing, Love Your Neighbour. There is a God who takes care of us..there are gods that some of us follow blindly or otherwise..but the bottom line is this..men and women working for faith-based organisations seek better benefits just like u n me..

  11. Evans says:

    This is a shameful church, full of carnality
    …anthu a mulungu ochitisa manyazi inu mulungu akukhululukileni…

  12. maxwell says:

    This.shows how carnal these people are…why shud believers take one another to court…it means aliyense ali ndi mtima osafuna kugonjela mnzake. zotelezi sizochokela kwa ambuye….a living stonia akatenga church cho ndi.zina.zotelezo apindula chan…naweso a chimwemwe mhango anakwawina anakapindula po chan…this court rulling instead of bringing peace between two parties yabweletsa bitterness pa magulu awiliwa…bolla anakakambilana mkat mwa mpingo momo
    Ambuye.atithandixe a CCAP fe 1 Corinthians 6
    if any of you has a dispute with another, do
    you dare to take it before the ungodly for
    judgment instead of before the Lord’s people?
    Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will
    judge the world? And if you are to judge the
    world, are you not competent to judge trivial
    cases? Do you not know that we will judge
    angels? How much more the things of this life!
    Therefore, if you have disputes about such
    matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose
    way of life is scorned in the church? I say this
    to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody
    among you wise enough to judge a dispute
    between believers? But instead, one brother
    takes another to court—and this in front of
    unbelievers!
    The very fact that you have lawsuits among
    you means you have been completely defeated
    already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not
    rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves
    cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your
    brothers and sisters.

  13. Bwemba Sodyeramchere says:

    Mhango leave these guys and their they may claim as their property. Do the work you are called to do and God is to give you what you want for ministry. Remember where their is a vision there is a provision
    Same people that supported and contributed what’s at the church can do same thing

  14. Mwama Du says:

    Chimwemwe mwana wa Mhango tikakuphalira ise. Lekani kulimbana na synod! Ife malilime amatilimbikitsa ndi Muzimu.

  15. Mbuya says:

    The judge tell them please and preach u seem to be a man of God

  16. Nasan says:

    Kwamene sanadzalepo church zikuoneka zophweka koma ndi tchito yowawa Rev.mhango chilichose chomwe ndichanu tengani muthu wa mulungu livingstonia imazolowela

  17. I agree with contributor identified as Malawian, guys for some of us who have close to the Synod, Rev. Mhango is simply a victim of justice. Even the learned judge has simply covered the leadership of the synod just to serve them from shame of failing to manage their own issues. So stop commenting on issues which you don’t have evedence. Anayamba ndikale anthuwa Mhango tsopano wa atopera.

  18. mzake says:

    Rev mhango start your church and don’t spend your time on court issues

  19. abale says:

    I argue mhango to welcome the ruling,but let me warn people here aswel that it is difficult to defeat institutionalized hate,some traits of hate and jelousy by some top synod gurus can’t be ruled out,so when such people gang up against you,its difficult,you can’t entirely trust our courts for justice,mkandawire knows livingstonia is a big organization,its difficult to judge against such an influential institution,organizational hate in Malawi is so rampat,and each time such issues arise,we need to analyze them in depth,

  20. mphwache wa bingu says:

    Atumbuka mwachoka kwanu uko and mukumenyanirana ku central region yet you want recession. Shame!!!

  21. KWACHA DZUKNI says:

    Very confused church, how can church known by one name have different administrations, BT synod, Nkhoma synod and Livingstonia synod. There is no way CCAP can do well spiritually is been controlled by demons and headed by Satan himself. SHAME

  22. nyasi says:

    Chimwemwe you need guidance now on which steps to follow.Go to Bushiri or phone him and get the way forward and remember the grace of God is sufficient for you everyday.Man can despise you but God will never live or forsake you.This is what we call a temptation.

  23. mankhaulee mlaamu baabaa says:

    kodi atumbuka munakhala bwanji?? inu ndi okanika baaasi, paja munachokera kwaani? nchifukwa chake kamuzu anakubalamusani. nkhani ya mpingo yogamulidwa ndi khoti la dziko? wogamulanso mtumbuka,hehehehe kaya zaanu izo, tuwandichire kumangweetu

  24. golo says:

    I think the writer of this article has not captured what the learned Judge said.He did not say the synod was granted right of ownership of the Kanengo Congregation. He said there is room for negotiations involving all synods that make up the General Assembly and only then would the issue of property come before the High Court for adjudication.

  25. Nthamenye says:

    I am glad that the Court has not finalised this issue and still referred it to the General Synod which will deliberate it and based on its conclusions, the High Court will make its ruling.

    I think its important to remember that this is not final but that it will and can be challenged in the High Court.

    Lets await the General Synod and High Court ruling.

  26. Alungwana says:

    I think this judge is a man of justice. He has asked a question every christian would ask; do you evangelise because you have developed that place? What is your role in the kingdom Rev Mhango? Take Jesus for example. He performed alot of wonders and people praised Him but Jesus never stick to a single zone.

  27. belekiya says:

    Were there two judgments? I am meant to understand that the judgment was that the premises belong to the Synod but that the Judg did not order anyone to vacate or surrender accounts.

  28. pluto says:

    Mukadzaona chonyansa chitaima mu malo opatulka, wowerengawe khala maso.

  29. anzeru says:

    I thought the Church is supposed to give answers to the world in these last days – perilous times which are here? I thought the Church is supposed to stand in the gap for the world as Intercessors? My fellow churchmen can’t you see that we are living in a critical time never before experienced in the history of mankind. Insteady of you, responding to human deepest needs and those of the world you want the world to resolve your issues??.. Really?? You are diluting the powers God gave you as a Church. Why?? I don’t think this is the the Church Christ expects it to be !!! Its’ upside down. Shame…..!

  30. Malawian says:

    While I have no position on this issue, I do not agree with what comment number 14 and other similar comments say. It is not true that Rev Mhango has been confusing people wherever he has been. What is true is the fact that he is not an ordinary Reverend, being an artist, he is a celebrity Reverend and as such he has more followers than most of the Reverends in the Synod of Livingstonia. It would appear that either the Synod leadership don’t know that he is a celebrity or the same fact makes them and others envious. Reverend Mhango found me at Katawa in 2000. He was transferred to Embangweni in 2003 and I still remember that the reason given for the transfer was that he should also experience rural life because he had never been to a rural congregation. May I conclude my contribution by saying that I feel sorry for my fellow christians who have been involved in this fight blindly. What you should know is that there is a lot of hatred, jealousy, etc among our Reverends. Takhala tikumenya nkhondo yoti siyathu! It is high time we woke up and started analysing issues more independently!!

  31. TASIYANA says:

    NO MATTER WHAT YOU CAN SAY.REV CHIMWEMWE IS A TRUE MAN OF GOD.VISIT HIS SERVICE YOU WILL NOT GO BACK THE SAME PERSON.LIVINGSTONIA SYNOD IS STILL IN DARK AGES.

  32. Tk says:

    The real question is why would the so called synod transfer a young progressive minister to a dead end place like Euthini.its decisions like this that makes this church play second fiddle to the likes of the Roman Catholic church. The Synod is lead by dinnasours.

  33. mtumbuka says:

    walupanga amaphedwa ndilupanga lake lomwe. Rev chimwemwe mhango ndiyemwenso anali pafore front kulimbana ndi khoma synod pakhani ya malire. Ndiyemweyu amene anapanga mwano kumanga church cha livingstonia synod ku kanengoko. Apa mulungu wafuna kumuwonetsera kuti zomwe anapangazo zinali zoyipa. Ubwino wake ndi atumbuka vs atumbuka kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkl

  34. Guantanamo says:

    Satan (Lucifar) was the mightiest angel of God. But was thrown down because of PRIDE. And 33% of angels (demons) followed him. An individual member or a single congregation must not and should not ‘fight’ the Church, even if your case looks plausible. The sin of pride cost satan his seat in heaven

  35. Wandiputa Dala says:

    Am a presbyterian myself and i salutethe judge 4 such a judgement. The splinter grup MUST nt confuse those that r stil ccap members of that congregation. However I wud want to differ ndi maganizo oti chfukwa mpimgo sukufuna malilime nde akufuna Chmwemwe achokeko, thas a blue lie. Thngs hv nw changed in our churches….even in BT Synod speaking in tounges is there. Mind u, BT n Livingstonia Synods amapanga zofanana. Its jst that Livingstonia imafuna utumiki wake ukafikirenxo ena ku embangweni and euthini. Humble urself Reverend and apologies to the Synod leadership. As for the differences btwn Lvngstonia and Nkhoma Synods, I wud want u guys faulting Lvngstonia to ask Reverends like Ncozana or Chingota on hw they started and wat initiatives were there b4 Lvngstonia decided to shelve boundary ishus.

  36. super mario says:

    Is Kanengo in north or centre? How is Livingstonia church found in Kanengo? Kapena atumbuka ayamba kusamukira ku Lilongwe??????? Kukonda paper sunday

  37. Will says:

    Pamene anthu ayamba kugwiriitsa umunthu pofuna kuthetsa machitachita a uzimu zimaoneka ngati wa umunthu akulondola koma pangatalike maka chauzimu chimapambana. Ngati mukuyesa kuti alipo angayimitse chauzimu mukunama kwambiri. Isaac anayesera ku muponyera malo onse amene amaoneka ngati wouma wopanda madzi koma zodabwitsa pena pali ponse pamapezeka zitsime za madzi otumphuka. Muponyeni paliponse muone. Mukamutumiza madera ambiri ndipamenenso atchuke kwambiri ndikudziwika ndi dziko lonseli. Pamene anzake akukhala 5yrs akudziwika ndi anthu amodzimodzi iye adziwika ndi anthu a mipingo iwiri. Bwanji pamenepo?

  38. anzeru says:

    In additional to this, Judge Mkandawire you forgot to remind the CCAP Livingstonia Synod that their presence in Kanengo ( Nkhoma Synod) territory is a sign of GREED. No wonder there are these disagreements. Why having your congregations in the territory of your sister synod Nkhoma???. Can there be Blantyre Synod congregation in Mzuzu????? NO!!! NO!!. Aren’t our doctrines similar?? Ndizimenezotu mukutengetsana nokha-nokha – Yehova wakusiyani – sakhala muchisokonezo. Please put your house in order and consider this. The love of money is the ROOT of ALL EVIL. Look, it has backfired. This is TRUE – but, truth brethren, hurts.

  39. PIxy says:

    MAD BOY!!!!!!!just like your father!!!!!!AND YOU CALL YOUR MINISTERING a calling from GOD! HYpocrite!!!!

  40. Wazake says:

    Ngati Ufumu Ukilana Ndi Ufumu Unzake Kodi Ufumuwo Ukhalapo? Mudayamba Kuzunza NKHOMA SYNOD Pano Ndinokhanokha Zaziwika Kuti Atumbuka Ndi Ka Ntundu Kosautsa. (Janjawin)

  41. Twambi says:

    I have always blamed former Mama Mliska for the unholy decisions Mr. Mhango made. she is a woman with a strong personality and she has been raised in a very dedicated Synod family/community. She failed to lead her husband on the right path. Through his song “,Linda”. Chimwemwe Mhango has told the world how Linda is everything to him. I have no doubt a simple “nthena chaaaa” from her; would have been enough for Mr. Mhango to pack up to Ekwendeni, the largest and multipurpose Livingstonia Synod Station.

  42. JAJA says:

    It’s true Chimwemwe has always been confusing people in all the congregation he has been sent ie Chibavi CCAP, Katawa, Loudon and then Kanengo CCAP, and these are the type of Rev who are after money. Am happy that he has lost the case. To God be the Glory and praises

  43. vinyakwa says:

    everybody here is wrong .why even establishing livingstonia synod in Nkhoma synod’s territory .this is being selfish already as a church .you are one church koma dyera ndilimene limavuta .

  44. Wochewa wo ku mpoto says:

    Very naughty

  45. monte says:

    why refusing to Euthin do u mean kulibe akristu mmm pali nkhani apa ntaunimu ndi deal moyo umakoma ntaunidi zoona komabe akumudzi tikusowa atumiki

  46. Bandawe says:

    Rev. Mhango I know you personally and was very sad at how you were advised to react to a transfer. Much as Satan might have influenced your transfer your role as a man of God was to ‘accept the challenge for God to Guide’ This is however what you did not choose to do. You went on with advice of the wicked. You have ruined your reputation for literally nothing.

    I remember a humble young eager, full of life Chimwmwemwe training us music then. I had very positive altitude towards you. I wish you had continued on that clean slate.

    Can I humbly urge you to back and negotiate for your place if the outcome has assisted you in anyway.

    Remember pride comes before downfall.

  47. julius says:

    Leave Kanengo & Rev Mhango alone u don’t know what u are talking about. where in the bible do they write that malilime is not allowed .come to Kanengo and witness the style of worship.

  48. Musazafulu Dums. says:

    Pano sono ukuti ba khristu ndiwo bakanikanizganga kuti nilute ku Ekwendeni panyake ku Euthini chifukwa cha chitukuko chako pamalo sono ku Euthiniko panyake ku Ekwendeni bakukhumba kutkuka ya ndiwe mutesi na. Apo mukapokelanga uliska winu mukalapanga kuti mwamukutebetera nkhosa kulikose kwali nkhuthengere kwali nkhutauni. Asi nthe?

  49. mabulala boyz says:

    Masiku otsiliza…..

  50. Bethel Matewere- Ekwendeni Mzuzu. says:

    As a Christian let us welcome the ruling!!!

  51. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Kkkkkk! Koma masiku ano khothi kuphunzitsa mpingo chikondi. Kudapita kuti kuleza mtima ndi kugonjerana zomwe ndi maziko a chikhristu.

  52. Zaluma says:

    This is what we call “Rules of natural justice” I welcome the development, was even questioning the intellectual capabilities of Chimwemwe and his so called flock? Akamange yawo church if they really want to do as it please them not the Livingstonia church management. Usakwiiii Chichiii???

  53. Lord says:

    Mpaka malilime mu mpingo wa Chilongosoko? asaaaaa!!!!!!! mwawonjeza, palinso Katondo CCAP, kagulu kena kakufunika kukathamangitsa malilime too much

  54. Chidantere says:

    To God be the glory!! Rev Mhango stop confusing people wherever you are sent to minister. This is not the first time. This reverend is very cunning but its very difficult to believe for those who don’t know him well.

  55. meeeee says:

    Hi hi hi mhango is a crook.

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