Infighting rocks CCAP Blantyre Synod over ‘church cashgate’

Trouble continues in the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) of Blantyre Synod as men of God’s continue to fight each other over church’s leadership style Nyasa Times can reveal.

Rev Maulana: Gets abuse of church rap from Reverend Chimesya

Rev Maulana: Gets abuse of church rap from Reverend Chimesya

General Secretary of the Synod Reverend  Alex Maulana is fighting with one of his strong critic of his leadership, Reverend Stanley Chimesya.

According to a letter that Nyasa Times has sourced, Rev Chimesya who is also Prison Chaplain has called for an independent committee to investigate a number of financial anomalies and abuse of Synod resources by his General Secretary Rev Maulana.

Chimesya, who has copied the letter to all Synod departments, church moderators, Synod board members ,Synod treasurers, Human Resources  and Presbytery clerks, responds to an  internal memo which Rev Maulana is reportedly to have written advising and warning all church leaders  and committees of financial mismanagement and other anomalies.

In the letter Chimesya observed that even the  General Secretary himself is not above management policy as he is also answerable to the Synod on lots of anomalies that his  office is caught up with which needs proper explanations.

According to Chimesya he has asked for explanation from the Rev Maulana on the bank overdraft the Synod got from National Bank worth K13 million which they didn’t disclose to church members even moderators. He said there has been no explanation on the use of the money.

He claims he has objective evidence of the issue and call upon Rev Maulana to defend and justify why the Synod had to accumulate K13 million bank overdraft when the church collect huge sums of money from each members , rentals and others fees.
“Please defend this issue and if it is true how possible the Synod of Blantyre could accumulate that huge overdraft yet the Synod collects millions of kwachas from Blantyre City Presbytery alone, collects millions from rental fees, collects millions from other Presbyteries and other sources

“Let me point out that if this is true please know that this is a very serious matter, which has to be attended with urgency otherwise it can lead Synod into closing down. Please be advised that a lot of our CCAP members working at the National Bank of Malawi are very worried and some have since stopped paying pledge money”, Chimesya  wrote in his letter.

Maulana who was appointed as board chair of National Food Reserve Agency ( NFRA )  by President Peter Mutharika and is also chair of Malawi Council of Churches  has also been accused of claiming travelling allowances , fuel and accommodation from the church whenever is going out for meeting which has nothing to do with the church but NFRA or MCC meetings.

“Apparently your office is caught up in abusive and serious misuse of money in excessive external trips and allowances to non Synod core obligations such as the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) and National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) where you are both chairperson.

“Is it true that from these two bodies you have been claiming millions of kwachas from Synod on fuel, accommodation and duty allowances which upon your return after been refunded have not found its way back into Synod coffers/purse? This is what we hear from the custodians of money, if this is true; is this not another  cashgate and anomaly in the Synod? “queries Rev Chimesya.

Chimesya has also questioned the accidents which Maulana has been involved where two of Synod cars have been destroyed and money spent on it , demanding an independence inquiry as he claims he knows what exactly has been happening and that he got the report from Namadzi police officers who were first to arrive at the scene of Maulana’s accident.

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Kudos to Rev Chimesya. Malawians have a serious problem. We have a crowd mentality which means that we are afraid of standing alone, even when we are required to defend the truth and justice.

Most of the times we tend to despise those that think differently from us.

I am not surprised that with the formation of the Independent CCAP in Johannesburg. This JHB CCAP must expand to Malawi and open up branches here in Malawi. We are tired of the Synods taking its members for granted.


Ife kuno timavutika kupeleka za chikhumi za ma card kuti zithandizile ntchito yamulungu AGALU inu mukungoba nkumadya eti!!mukafuna kupeleka matageti mulibenso chisoni kuti ndikumuzi kapena ntown.MUKUTI ONONGELA MBILI ya mpingo wathu agalu inu ngati mwatopa osasiyila ena bwanji MWANDIKWIISA


Hmm. Presbetry Christians what has come of you? You have completely lost direction. Am not a presbetry but muchititsa manyazi mpingo. You dont have better ways of handling matters. Much as it is appreciatable that one has right to expression be reminded as well you have to be responsible enough. These could be classified supposedly to be treated as such. Slow down alittle bit and find better solutuon to resolve issues. Anthu athawire kuti? It believe in church one has to find solace.

Chemlyn Duwa Chitatu

Ngat muumadya ndalama xamumpingo God will pansh yu one day bt we should nt judge Gods eyes waltches evry where .


Chimesya! Akutuma eti? Kufuna kugula mafevazi amapanga choncho? Mhiiiiiii questionable man of God.


Whatever is happening in our Church is not fair to the poor Christian whose hard earned money is being misused here, not only by the Rev Maulana but the Church as a whole. and to make matters worse, there is no forgiveness in the Church of ours. Leaders are squandering money but when a poor Christian dies before his pledge card is fulfilled the Church will not accord that deceased person full church rights, is this Fair?

John Black

These men of God have no morals.


muli chuma mu mpingo and imagine 1/4 of 577 billion cashgate was eaten by a mpingo church offerings timakuonani.Now look a mpingo where are the donors nkhosa zavutika

Pedantic Presbyterian

I’m sure you meant to say, ‘Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian (CCAP)’ and not ‘the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) of Blantyre Synod’ as presented in the article.

CCAP ndi kholo la Bt Synod, not vice versa, as the way you’ve written it portrays.


Chimesya uli ndivuto lalitali lofunika kulidula. Udindo samasaka motero koma ndikudziwa kuti suli wekha uli ndi azinzako opuma aja omwe amafuna udindo kut uwagwere kachikena komanso tiazibusa ting’ono ting’ono. Zomwe mumafuna sizitheka akulu pazani chochita china basi

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