Blantyre Synod tipped to shed off DPP partisan colours: ‘Not fertile ground for devil to prosper’

Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has been tipped to reclaim it’s otherwise coveted status as a sanctuary of peace to proclaim the truth and rise above partisan politics and give hope to the people.

New Blantyre Synod GS Rev Gama (centre)

The Blantyre Synod has been largely associated with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and new office- bearers were elected in a highly contested election that was preceded by weeks of infighting, accusations and counter-accusations of political interference and tribal divisions rocking the Presbyterian Church.

Its former General Secretary (GS) Reverend Alex Maulana accused of being a sympathiser of DPP also conceded about the tribal divisions which he feared will tear apart the synod.

At the 32nd Biennial Assembly on Monday, Blantyre election ushered in new leaders in the position of General Secretary who is Billy Gama also associated with DPP. There was also new vice-moderator and re-elected the Reverend Masauko Mbolembole as moderator.

There are concerns of some clergy are towing party lines and causing tribal divisions within the synod.

In an extended coverage, leading daily newspaper, The Nation, in an editorial comment tipped the new team that Christians from all corners of the synod expect to solid deliverables from day one.

“People have entrusted you with a huge responsibility to preside over the affairs of the synod for the next four years and expect you to live up to your billing as espoused in your manifestoes,” reads the editorial.

From the spiritual level, the paper pointed out that Christina want the synod to turn more souls to God, to serve and save humanity with a kind heart.

The paper also advised the synod to live up to tenets of good governance by ensuring transparency and accountability on financial resources and management decisions.

“Christians don’t just want a replacement of one group of people with another. They desire to see a team that will take the synod to a higher and more enviable level in all its endeavors,” reads the comment.

The paper further said Blantyre Synod should shed off partisan colours that loom large among its rank and file.

“Only then can the synod – like all other synods – reclaim its otherwise coveted status as a sanctuary of peace., an oasis of serenity and truth, calm, tranquility, and not a symbol of divisiveness and a fertile ground for the devil to prosper.”

The new GS Gama said the issue of the church being partisan is “mostly exaggerated.”

Gama said the Church and the State are partners; “hence, you should expect the two sides to work hand in hand.”

The CCAP’s General Synod Moderator Reverend Timothy Nyasulu, urged the new synod leader to guard against political manipulation.

Nyasulu said there were times statements and decisions of church leaders appear to be made my politicians.

“It is important that you, as leaders, do not divide the church,” he said.

He warned church leaders against aligning themselves to ethnical and political groupings to avoid dividing the church.

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Blantyre Synod is no longer a synod befitting it’s church calling.The synod is the Political bedfellow of the DPP kuyambira Maulana who was a pure cadet to Billy whom we all know as a DPP dancer. Nothing good can come out of Billy Gama. Nothing spiritual to be honest.I want to tell you Blantyre Synod that you are wasting your time going to Church because you associate and sympathise with Looters of our taxes instead of siding with the Poor.

Charie
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Charie

Please you must also give Livingston synodi and nkhoma synod this advice.

Ackson Chawerama
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Ackson Chawerama

This advice is misplaced, it would have been better if the advice was for Livingstonia and Nkhoma synods

Getu Maseko
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Getu Maseko

Very true. Can never church leaders for Nkhoma and Livingstonia synods as Board members. Blantyre synod faith leaders are selfish and ungodly.

Akulu
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Akulu

Blantyre synod draws most of its faithful from the lohmwe belt ,it will be hard 2 work without DPP influence.. the way synods were established already divided amongst regions and tribes ..pathetic it wont change

Kanyimbi265
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Kanyimbi265

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO ARE STILL MEMBERS OF CCAP CHIFUKWA CHA KUSAZIWA!!!!!

MarkomX
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MarkomX

blame Nkhoma synod as well they behave as MCP sypathisers

Pido
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Pido

This message should have gone to Livingstonia synod who do not hide their hate for certain political lineage and are open in promoting certain political parties and activities. BT synod is much better than both nkhoma of chakwera and livingstonia of chilima

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

THIS ADVICE IS GOING TO A WRONG SYNOD

oMachemba
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oMachemba

Hypocritical of the Nation paper to single out Blantyre, and not even shine a dim light on Livingstonia. What’s up with that?

Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Mwanyere, thanks for the observation. Remember the campaign document authored by Chakwera mistitled pastoral letter embraced and read in all its churches by Nkhoma synod. Blantyre synod of the CCAP has never done that. Keep it up Blantyre Synod. Do not behave like Rev. Nyondo, Rev. Kachipapa and Arch Bishop Nsusa in their display of partisan politics. Blantyre Synod of the CCAP, you are and have always been exemplary in non partisan way you have been handling the affairs of Church as a body of Christ. Rev. Maulana please impart that maturity way of handling church matters to Rev. Billy… Read more »

Quillens
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Quillens

Infact most of the comments are coming already from cadets and those who are not members of ccap. I am a member. Surely we have sold our Blantyre Synod by electing Billy Gama Rev. Akapanda kumanga nyumba nyumba Yehova posachedwapa zitivuta coz mask athu atseguka ngati azibambo aka panjira ya ku Emau after the resurre tion of christ