Reverend Chimesya Phiri is not new to sexual controversy that threatens his vocation. The Prison Chaplain for Blantyre Synod of the CCAP, has now broken the moral and spiritual code after impregnation of his own teen daughter who has since given birth, Nyasa Times understands.
The daughter, Eliza, fell pregnant last year while she was a student at Michiru Private Schools and was immediately dispatched to their home village.
The reverend allgedly asked his daughter to implicate a garden boy who was also immediately fired as a cover up despite his repeated claim of innocence.
The issue, which has been a secret for months, finally floated to the surface after the girl broke the news to her friends who came to visit her at the family’s home at the HHI Synod headquarters in Blantyre.
“She must have been tired and angry at carrying the shame on behalf of his father that is why she let the cat out of the bag,” said Nyasa Times source, a resident at the HHI Mission.
He added: “Its no longer a secret. Almost every resident at HHI knows about the story. The daughter has been telling friends about it. It’s a shame to the church and indeed the kingdom of God.”
This scandal is not the first for the embattled cleric to be involved in.
In 2008 the Weekend Nation reported that, while serving at Mpilipili Church in Mangochi, Chimesya employed a 12-year old girl to run house chores while attending school. But months later he was implicated in her pregnancy and was transferred from Mpilipili to Msoni Church in Chiradzulu by the Synod.
Chimesya Phiri denied any wrong doing and told the paper then: “I know this is a fight by some pastors against me because our synod is already divided. But I am ready even to appear in court and defend myself.” .
He admitted having employed the girl, saying he did so to rescue her from an early marriage which the parents had arranged with some man, a claim the parents denied.
The issue died a natural death as police and synod through then general secretary Rev. McDonald Kadawati covered up the story thus failing to help the girl’s family in soliciting justice and discipline.
Meanwhile, the synod is yet to meet and discuss the issue which has now caught the attention of thousands of church members. It is believed that even the Malawi Prison Services want Chimesya out as its chaplain.
Ironically, Chimesya’s moral decadence comes at a time when he was summoned by the synod after he spoke to the media attacking government.
Chimesya denies the story and blames his detractors at the synod for “cooking” it up to turnish his image and deal with him.
Blantyre Synod moderator said if indeed there was evidence on the matter, the Rev. Chimesya Phiri would have to appear before several courts of the Church that include staffing and nomination committee and the General Administration Committee which may recommend his dismissal.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :