Reverend Timothy Nyasulu and eight other clerics of the Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) have dragged the synod leadership to court challenging the re-election of the Reverend Levi Nyondo as general secretary (GS).
Nyasulu, who is CCAP General Synod moderator, argues that the election of Nyondo and others was unconstitutional and wants another elective general assembly.
The clerics are also suing Nyondo for maliciously saying that Nyasulu and two other had collected K50 million from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to palm oil members of the church not to vote for Nyondo.
The Livingstonia Synod is renowned for being critical of government, especially the DPP administrations, due to the introduction of the quota system of selecting students into public universities, among others.
Nyondo is a key fierce critic of government.
According to statement of claim dated May 22 lodge at the High Court in Mzuzu by lawyers at Lameck and Company, the complainants claim Nyondo accused Reverend Clifford Baloyi of soliciting K30 million to kill him.
The petitioners want Nyondo and Reverend Douglous Chipofya to face defamation rap as they claim that their reputation as members of the synod is “still greatly injured.”
The statement of claim says they have asked Nyondo to retract the allegations but he has refused to do so “thereby aggravating defamation.”
Nyondo and Chipofya could not immediately comment.