It never rains but pours for Reverend Stanley Chimesya. Barely four days after he was removed as prison chaplain, Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central African Presbytery (CCAP) has now suspended the Rev. Chimesya for reportedly granting interviews to the media and the synod has also cancelled his transfer to Nchalo CCAP congregation in Chikwawa.
The synod’s management board claims it has noted that Chimesya had been going to the press and making “scathing publications” about the synod and its general secretary Reverend Alex Maulana.
In its suspension letter dated February 8, 2016 signed by Reverend Kanjerwa which The Nation has seen, Blantyre Synod has suspended Chimesya without pay for a period of three months “or until earlier advised” and will be summoned by the disciplinary committee for hearing.
The letter says the synod’s policy stipulates that the only spokesperson to the press is the general secretary or his deputy as such Chimesya had no authority to grant interviews to the media about the synod’s affairs.
Deputy General Secretary of Blantyre Synod Reverend Moyenda Kanjerwa confirmed the suspension in an interview adding that the church has also cancelled Chimesya’s transfer to Nchalo CCAP congregation in Chikwawa until the matter is resolved.
Maulana and Chimesya have reportedly not been seeing eye to eye for some time following allegations that the two were being bankrolled by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its rival former ruling People’s Party (PP) respectively prior to the synod’s electoral General Assembly last August.