By Thula Chisamba
There was disorder at Edingeni Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), on Thursday, where squabbles erupted owing to the leadership crisis.
Inside source confided to The Malawi Star that the quarrels exploded after reverend Gowa Nyasulu, was fired as a session clerk for Edingeni congregation.
Owing to the vacancy, some presbytery clerks at Elangeni began campaigning to be elected on the position, and consequently, an infighting erupted between supporters of rival aspirants.
“Mr Simbeye and Mr Chisunkha are the brains behind the pandemonium because they are the ones who are dragging their feet as to who will be the next Edingeni session clerk,” said James Manda, a church member.
The Malawi Star followed up the disarray and established that some members got angry enough and went to Mzimba Police for guidance on the matter.
According to some church goers who spoke with our reporter, the move was crucial because the state of affairs foretold a catastrophic end.
“The issue was about to result in a very fatal physical fighting thus we thought it was time we involved the Police.
Some members from the two rival aspirants began challenging each other on wrestling thus we thought things were turning really violent,” said Moses Mbizi, another church member.
While at the Police, members of the two rival camps were made to agree that both aspirants must be disregarded. They also decided to summon the synod headquarters to send them a new session clerk.
When we went to press the synods General Secretary, Levie Nyondo, confirmed being aware of the chaos which he described as shameful.
“We are very ashamed as Livingstonia synod because of what they have done. We have summoned them to appear before our disciplinary council on Thursday, next week,” said Nyondo.
The synod has suffered a sequence of related cases with the most prominent one being that of Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, who was fired after declining to be transferred from Kanengo in Lilongwe to Euthini in Mzimba rural.