There are divisions in the Kanengo Congregation of the Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango’s church, formerly under Livingstonia Synod, with some members leaving to congregate at Lilongwe Teachers’s Training College (LTTC) since May this year.
Both Livingstonia Synod moderator Douglas Chipofya and Kanengo Congregation deputy session clerk Hezron Banda have confirmed the development.
Chipofya said: “The Synod does not recognise Mhango’s church as it is a break away church.”
However, Banda said those congregating at LTTC have been threatened by agents of the synod to abandon Mhango.
He said: “They have been engaged in house-to-house campaigns threatening Mhango’s followers that if they do not worship at LTTC they [Synod] will grab this church structure. As a congregation, we have left everything in the hands of God.”
Banda said following developments which have been taking place between Kanengo Congregation and Livingstonia Synod, the congregation wrote the synod on April 24 informing them that Kanengo is no longer under the synod.
The wrangles between the congregation and the synod begun in 2014 when the Rev Chimwemwe Mhango was transfered to Ekwendeni way before his ‘term’ was over. After the church protested and the posting failed, the synod later posted him to Euthini in January this year, a move which again did not succeed because it also did not go well with the church.
The synod has attempted to take back the church building where Kanengo Congregation is still worshiping, but Mhango and his followers argue that the synod did not contribute anything to the construction of the church.