The Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP has deposed Rev. Chimwemwe Chikukula Mhango from being minister in CCAP and at Kanengo Congregation in Lilongwe.
The decision was arrived at during an extra-ordinary Synod Executive meeting in Mzuzu on Monday attended also by a few retired and other church ministers.
General Secretary for the Livingstonia Synod of the CCAP Rev Levi Nyondo confirmed the development in an interview with Nyasa Times.
“Yes he has been suspended which means he is no longer a reverend and cannot administer the holy sacraments but he remains a Christian,. Rev Mhango has been suspended because he is rebellious. He was not following rules and regulations of the Synod,” he said”
Nyondo said the decision was effective on Monday 20th April 2015.”
The Synod cited insubordination and that he as minister was behind the protests to his transfer.
Kanengo Congregation in Lilongwe has been protesting the transfer of Rev. Mhango initially to Ekwendeni and upon protest, he was further transferred to a congregation in Euthini Mzimba.
Confirming the development, Rev Mhango said he has accepted the Synod’s decision and will abide by its regulations.
“I have accepted the Synod’s decision with sadness. I know there are a lot of constitutional mistakes. What I know is that I am still a minister of the Word of God,” he told Nyasa Times.
According to the Synod regulations, a church minister who has been designated to a congregation can be recalled by the Synod if he has been appointed to serve a special need, goes for further studies or has made a mistake.
Having served for 21 years as an ordained minister, Mhango lamented that things were not expected to reach this stage of being deposed.
When the issue broke out last year, he said he had asked for sabbatical leave to finish studies (even the wife) but the Synod refused but expected him to move to the new parish.
“I am waiting to see what the Spirit of God is speaking to my heart. Otherwise I know there is tension at the congregation in Lilongwe.” He said.
A member of the church a Mr. Kalua said they feel cheated by the Synod as it has failed to abide by its own rules as Mhango’s term at Kanengo was to end April 2016.
Last year in September, the Synod issued a transfer notice to Mhango to move to Ekwendeni Mission but his congregation protested by obtaining the court injunction.
Mhango said he will seek God’s guidance through prayers first before making any decision on the matter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :