on Thursday, 6 July 2006 at 9.09 am by Simon Sarmiento
categorised as Anglican Communion
Three recent reports from the Malawi press:
Daily Times Hooligans attack Anglican Church by Deborah Nyangulu
Nation Anglicans fight in church by Francis Tayanjah-Phiri
Nation 10 arrested in Anglican fracas by Willie Zingani
Not surprised that this sort of thing is orchestrated by people sympathetic to Bernard Malango.
No, it is clear if you read the linked newspaper reports that the ‘thugs’ and ‘hooligans’ are associated with the Nicholas Henderson ‘faction’. I hope Mr Henderson will make attempts to restrain his supporters.
Andrew Are you quite about this? One of the reports mentions that: “Matchiya said while his group was holding prayers and thought the threats were over, two Muslim young men entered the church armed with chains and started threatening people, while some of the assailants waited outside. ³These young men were hired by another Bishop who supports Mwenda. Even later when the police arrested the two young men they confessed to have been hired. ³They said they were paid K1,000 each while others were given K400,² Matchiya said” Muslim supporters of Henderson? Sounds unlikely to me. Another bishop who supports… Read more »
Andrew I also received the following email. I cannot yet vouch for the authenticity of it, though I have started enquiries. I am not making any claims about its accuracy, just offering it as information. Simon —- REPORT FROM MALAWI by Martin Chibwana Regarding an incident at All Saints Cathedral Nkhota-kota on Sunday 2nd July 2006 Background: Bishop Mwenda, and Fr Frank Dzantenge, acting Vicar General, despite clear instruction from the courts and legal advice from the Anglican Chancellors that they should desist from any ecclesiastical action pending the Anglican “Panel of Reference” declared their intention to go to… Read more »
“No, it is clear if you read the linked newspaper reports that the ‘thugs’ and ‘hooligans’ are associated with the Nicholas Henderson ‘faction’. I hope Mr Henderson will make attempts to restrain his supporters.”
Funny, I thought it was equally clear that the thugs were associated with Malango, that is, until I read all the articles and realized the issue is muddled with each side accusing the other. Given that there are conflicting reports, how is it clear?
Sad. In my world, hiring non-Christian thugs to do your dirty work is at least on a par with Paul’s slagging off the Corinthians for resorting to secular courts.
Apologies, if I misspoke. On a first glance at the reports they seemed to suggest that the trouble and thuggery was begun by the pro-Henderson faction. If I’d put my brain in gear I would have realised that things are always more complicated than they seem. I hope that Nicholas Henderson and Bernard Malango (and Mawenda) attempt to restrain their supporters. In my experience of them, neither men would wish any violence to be committed in their names. The reason I responded above so strongly is because it seems to me that it is utterly reasonable to criticise Archbishop Malango… Read more »
“The days when white men could gain preferment in Africa for their largesse is long gone.”
Bang goes Martyn Minns’s career move then.
Does that extend to white men acting as Akinola’s lackey in America, supposedly to minister as bishop to Nigerian churches in the USA?
Odd attitude, that there should be a colur bar on who should be a bishop. Should Sentamu be sent back to Uganda? Or is this typical evangelical excusing of everything which comes out of Africa (personally, I think the vast bulk of the African church is corrupt, fundamentalist and premodern, I can’t understand why anyopne would want to go there, unless to sort it out – liberal imperialism has its good points)
“Henderson had no business allowing his name to be up for nomination. The days when white men could gain preferment in Africa for their largesse is long gone.” I don’t know how bishops get their mitres in Malawi, but presumably someone must have nominated him. And, from what I read, there’s a seemingly large group of people in the diocese who like him. I also understand he worked in the diocese for quite some time and is known and liked by the people. If I’m wrong, set me straight, but this doesn’t sound like a white man gaining preferment for… Read more »