The High Court in Mzuzu has advised two camps of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia in the ongoing case between a group led by Reverend Timothy Nyasulu and the synod leadership to give mediation a chance before taking the issue to court.
The applicants are challenging the election of Reverend Levi Nyondo and other office bearers at the August 2016 Annual General Assembly (AGM) which they have described as unconstitutional, further calling for an emergency elective AGM .
High Court Judge, Chifundo Kachale has since given the synod 21 days to hold mediation talks and report to the court the resolutions on 7th July, 2017.
Lawyer representing the Synod, Christon Ghambi of CHRAM Associates told journalists outside Mzuzu High Court on Thursday that the interest of justice requires that before you take the matter to court, you should exhaust mediation.
“We will try very much so that the two sides reach a common understanding by preserving the sanctity of the church and its principles,” he said.
Speaking in an interview, General Secretary for the Synod, Rev Levi Nyondo, said he was happy with the court’s advice.
“We will be sitting down to find out who can best mediate between us and our colleagues,” he said.
On his part, Deputy General Secretary for the synod, Reverend Joseph Mwale, said as a church they were comfortable with the court determination of mediation as the issue at hand belonged to the church.
On the other hand, Rev Clifford Baloyi who is one of the applicants said Rev Nyondo’s team took advantage of the silence of the synod’s constitution on the limit of terms of office for elected positions and manipulated delegates at the AGM which saw Rev Nyondo succeeding with his third term.
He said in 2014, a policy was adopted by the synod that the General Secretary and his deputy would serve a maximum of two consecutive terms and at the end of the terms, the incumbents would not be eligible for re-election and you can see that the church policy was flouted.
Rev Nyasulu’s faction has also sued Rev Nyondo for defamation after alleging that the former (Rev Nyasulu)’s campaign team received funding from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) prior to the AGM.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :