Longtime serving and controversial cleric of the Church of Central Africa Presybeterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia, Reverend Levi Nyondo, has been replaced at the Synod’s 37th biannual conference held in Chitipa on Saturday.
Over 400 delegates to the conference from the Synod’s branches in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, among other countries, attended the high profile conference.
Reverend Willy Tembo got 199 of the 430 votes cast beating Reverend Timothy Nyasulu and Reverend John Gondwe who got 49 and 182 votes respectively.
During the conference, Reverend Isaac Malongo was also announced as the new Synod’s moderator.
The moderator focuses on the spiritual affairs of the Synod while the general secretary manages the administration.
It was also announced that the next Synod of Livingstonia Biannual General Assembly will take place in Bandawe Zone.
But some members to the delegation told Nyasa Times in separate interviews that they had great reservations about the new general secretary, Tembo.
“He [Reverend Willy Tembo] has been very close to Levi [Reverend Levi Nyondo] and was more of a puppet. So, personally I feel like Nyondo will still be pulling the strings behind the back,” said one delegate who did not want to be named.
Nyondo was quite controversial during his time as general secretary especially for his criticism of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on such issues as the quota system.