Court orders Livingstonia Synod of CCAP to give chance to mediation

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.

Rev Nyondo: Mediation encouraged

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.

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Chitukuko
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The Synod never agreed on term of office at Ekwendeni in 2014. You are just twisting the truth. The issue of term of office was in strategic planning committee report. The report was not adopted because delegates were tired the report was too long. Then it was referred back to presbyteries and zones for further consultation. There after it was brought to GAC at Phwezi in 2015 where it was discussed at length and further appended for Synod ratification at Loudan. It was at Loudan in 2016 when the policy for two terms of office was finally consolidated. Read the… Read more »
Waku
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Eeeeh, ziliko, zinthu za church mpaka ku court…

NOEL ONONGA
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So you call yourselves preachers oh the Gospel, where is forgiveness you always teach us, shame on you.

james
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May the Lord help us

Ayonzo mtsitsa
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Mediation is what the church needs, not the courts!

pleasant qisho
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Kkkkkkkkk akuluakulu amenewa ndizitsiru

chatonda Mvula
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Mwayambanso? Kodi bata lidzakhalapo liti wa nganya imwe? It paints a very bad picture when you are fighting as a church and one region. You will eventually forget to fight our common enemy which is DPP and APM. Sometimes such fighting comes in because DPP has intervened with cash as they want weak people to be elected and be on their side. Be careful wanganya. Look at Kaliwo, Jumbe, Felix, Kabwira, Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma and the end result is that they will all lose with their DPP altogether and lose their respect and trust from the general public. Levi Nyondo,… Read more »
cliforn
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a prpopsal is not a policy dont mislead pipol pliz in 2014 the committee was giving proposals to the synod which refered the report back to presbyteries for srutuiny and the recomendations were given to GAC meeting at phwezi in 2015 which is a synod committee and because its a committee it refered the presbytery recomendations to synod which met at embangeni.and the synod assembly ratified the recomendations into a policy and GAC minutes were adopted.let me remind you without taking sides when a law has been put in place it starts functioning at the time of it doption not… Read more »
Pitala mutharika
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Rev Nyondo samanama kuti muone matchalichi alowa china m’busa akangosankhidwa udindo ndi president pamakhala palibe chilungamo sono muone Baloyi ali ndi udindo mu boma la DPP do you think kut angazuzule zolakwika and zonsezo zikubwera ndi DPP kuti amuchose Nyondo chifukwa amawauza chilungamo a DPP and saopa , akufuna akhalepo Nyasulu or Baloyi kut azingovomereza zopusa stupid DPP. Baloyi na Nyasulu choti muziwe ndi chakuti ndalama za Magazi zomwe mkulandira kuchokera ku DPP mkapita naxo ku gahena ndipo mugwa nazo GOD IS WATCHING YOU.

yosefe mateyu
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Rev. Levi Nyondo should be posted to Chinunkha. If he wanted to be in office till retirement he would had served as moderator for two terms, then deputy secretary general for two terms and then secretary general for two terms. Ask Rev. Howard Matiya Nkhoma (retired). Same can be learnt from current TUM secretary general…

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