Tension has engulfed the Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) ahead of tomorrow’s proceedings in a case in which some ministers sued the synod’s General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo and the entire synod for the ‘unconstitutional’ elections held last year at its General Assembly.
The court set June 15 2017 for hearing.
However, The Daily Times can reveal that moderator for the synod Reverend John Gondwe approached the complainants’ camp of Reverend Timothy Nyasulu, Reverend Clifford Baloyi and Church Elder Spencer Mhone asking them to withdraw the case and go for out-of-court settlement.
One of the synod’s top leaders tipped the reporter that the church has asked the Nyasulu camp to withdraw the case from court but without any condition.
Nyasulu’s camp, however, insists to have Nyondo and the moderator, Reverend Douglas Chipofya, suspended to pave way for out-of-court settlement.
The camp also demanded that the moderator should call for an extraordinary general assembly to discuss the matter before end June.
However, the Nyasulu camp sued for damages for defamation from Nyondo and eight others, for claiming that Nyasulu’s campaign was sponsored by the governing Democratic Progressive Party.
Speaking in an interview, Gondwe said he is not aware that the matter will be in court tomorrow.
“I was outside the country, so I am not aware of that. Let us wait until Thursday,” Gondwe said upon being pushed to comment on his proposal to resolve the matter outside the court.
However, when contacted, Baloyi said their camp was heading into a meeting to respond to the moderator’s plea on the matter.
As we went to the press, the meeting had not yet made a decision.