Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) is enjoying the growth of its sole branch in Mzuzu, a few months after its establishment.
The Mzuzu church was built in September last year, a development which raised fears about continuation of the long standing feud with the Livingstonia Synod.
However, Nkhoma is understood to have made the move in retaliation to Livingstonia’s violation of its boundaries as they planted a church in Lilongwe, a territory under the former, five years ago.
The Mzuzu branch started with 60 members but the passing of time has seen multiplication of numbers.
The church can now boast about over 400 members.
Nkhoma Synod Moderator, Chatha Msangaambe has described their move to Northern region as an effort to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“We are aiming at spreading the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ,” said Msangaambe. CCAP has three Synods in Malawi with each synod overseeing a region; Livingstonia Synod oversees the northern region, Nkhoma Synod the Central region and Blantyre Synod the Southern region.
Although Livingstonia was the one that first built churches in Nkhoma’s territory, it argues that Nkhoma started the controversy.
The never ending battle between the two parties has been described as very bad by the public. The church has been blamed for promoting regionalism.
True to this, at Kanengo CCAP of the Livingstonia Synod, all proceedings are conducted in Tumbuka and English as a result it has been reduced to a church for northerners. It is the same story at the thriving Mzuzu branch of the Nkhoma Synod which unites people from central region as Chichewa is used during church services.
The warring parties have same reasons for backing up their actions which rules out any possibility of the controversy ending soon.
The two segments of CCAP are expected to spread more churches in each other’s zone.