Wokha, March 21 (MExN): The Lotha Hoho informed on Monday that the existing administration of the Lotha Baptist Churches Association (LBCA) has been dissolved with effect from March 18.
In a press release, the Lotha Hoho said the action was taken “under the provisions of Section 371A (a) I), ii), ii) and iv), of the Constitution of India and as 8 of the 16 Point Agreement, 1960; and the Nagaland Villages and Tribal Councils Act, 1978, as amended in 2011.”
The statement said the Lotha Hoho elected a pro-tem team for an interim period of six months, for the reorganization of the administration of the LBCA. “The LH further prohibits all LBCA activities until the LBCA is reorganized and streamlined, by the pro tem team,” he added.
He said that the LBCA, over the past two years, “has operated without following the LBCA/Sakhung Constitution and as a result many disgruntled Lotha Baptist churches have withdrawn their support for the LBCA and many business legal proceedings are in progress, both in the High Court and before the Court of Judicial Instance”.
He said the initiative to amicably settle the issues of discord inside and outside the LBCA did not yield positive results “since LBCA leaders refused to assist at any negotiation and settlement meeting”.
“The Lotha Hoho had set up a Committee of Inquiry (FFC) to find out the truth about the problems of the LBCA. According to the FFC report, some of the existing LBCA officers so far have violated at least 28 standards/procedures,” the statement read.
Under these circumstances, he said the Lotha Hoho had convened a final coordination meeting on March 18, with social organizations, senior theologian intellectuals of Lotha, leaders of the LBCA and its affiliated bodies, pastors and leaders of the Church; to deliberate and settle disputes amicably.
“The LBCA had also refused to attend this meeting, and the Lotha organizations had no other choice; but to let LH issue a memorandum of direction, dissolving the old LBCA organization and installing an interim administration for 6 (six) months; for the reorganization and streamlining of the establishment of the LBCA,” the statement read.
Therefore, he said that the former administration of the LBCA “is no longer mandated and therefore the LH has banned all activities of the disbanded LBCA organization and therefore any church or organization Please do not attend the March 23 LBCA meeting in Vankhosung.”
He further warned that anyone defying the instructions and attempting to attend the meeting would be responsible for any public order issues that may arise; Consequently.
“Anyone who hosts or hosts any meeting/activity of the LBCA, wherever it is, will be considered seriously and the Lotha Hoho will take punitive action against anyone who defies this direction,” he asserted.