All Mzimba Ngoni chiefs belong to the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) and those chiefs going to other churches are wasting their time, says Livingstonia Synod general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo.
He says his synod will bring all Ngoni chiefs who have gone to other denominations back to their mother church, CCAP.
He said nobody should raise the issue of freedom of worship as it does not apply to Ngoni chiefs of Mzimba as they are tied to CCAP through the 1878 treaty.
Nyondo made the claim on Friday during the burial ceremony of Traditional Authority (T/A) Jalavikuba who was a dedicated member of the synod.
He also stood his ground in a fresh interview on Monday.
Nyondo said whether the chiefs like it or not they have to be CCAP.
Mzimba Heritage Association general secretary Aupson Thole on Monday concurred with the synod that the Ngoni chiefs were tied to CCAP through an agreement.
The agreement was entered after the church called on the Ngonis to stop bloodshed with Tongas and embrace the Bible.
He said the then Paramount Chief Mbelwa and his subordinates agreed to embrace the synod, while the synod was to embrace the Ngoni culture and that on every Ngoni chief headquarters there should be a CCAP church.
Thole said with the agreement, it is the synod that looks into the installation and burial of Ngoni chiefs. No other church or religion is allowed.
“If Ngoni chiefs decide to go to other churches where will the agreement apply? We are not saying that they shouldn’t worship in other churches, but by virtue of being chiefs they belong to the synod because for them to be installed it is CCAP that looks into that and so is the case of burial,” said Thole.
Deputy Minister of Local Government Godfrey Kamanya only said, he did not want to be in conflict with the man of God.