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Scores Injured In Fight Over Church Shrine

Scores Injured In Fight Over Church Shrine

Several people were reportedly injured on Friday during clashes at Mugodhi Apostolic Faith Church headquarters in Wedza, Mashonaland East.

Two factions emerged in the sect following the death of the leader and founder Thadeu Mugodhi in 2019 and the two camps have been fighting for the control of the church.

In 2019, one Tonny Sigauke claimed to be the rightful successor to Mugodhi, citing the church’s constitution.

He sought the intervention of the courts to bar Mugodhi’s son Washington from taking over control of the sect.

Sigauke also filed another application stating that one Aaron Munodawafa was the substantive bishop of the church with him as the deputy.

In September 2021, High Court judge Justice Esther Muremba ruled Sigauke did not have authority to represent the church.

She also nullified Washington’s appointment as the new leader of the church.

Since then, Washington and Munodawafa have been fighting for control over the sect.

Both camps were recently given access to the church buildings pending a court outcome on the legitimate leader of the shrine.

The spokesperson of the Munodawafa camp, Reverend Mike Mukarati told The Standard that clashes erupted on Friday after they were denied access to the church building to conduct morning prayers. He said:

We gathered together as a group and moved to enter the building.

They hired hooligans, some with dreadlocks calling themselves security from Washington’s camp and denied us access.

Suddenly, they started throwing stones, sharp objects and logs into a crowded congregation injuring more than 20, some seriously.

We retreated when we realised there were bound to be fatalities.

Police arrived 30 minutes later and statements were taken and the injured were rushed to St Mary’s hospital in Wedza.

A few months ago, violent clashes erupted at the same shrine pitting one faction against the other.

The violent clashes occurred during a gathering known as Synod resulting in malicious damage to property including the church building.

Police arrested more than 15 congregants and charged them with assault among other charges.

More: The Standard


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20 Comments

nysh 1 month ago

ko zvino kunamata kwacho kuri papi? vanhu vatosvorwa nezvepano pasi. church yangove nzvimbo yekutandarira. mamhuza.


Mccry 1 month ago

Vanopenga kurwira hukuru Kuda mari chete uko kusanyara


Mugodhi 1 month ago

kombi yakita accident ndeimwe mugodhi church iri kwaMurehwa


MuPfungwe Chaiye 1 month ago

Mugodhi yepaHwedza ndiyo ine vanhu vakaita accident kwete yekuUzumba. Hatina vanhu vakauya vakawanda kudaro kubva kuManicaland isu. Ndonhema idzo

mugodhi 1 month ago

ndiwe usingatozive manje dzikama tikuudze chokwadi isu taiveko

nhema dzako 1 month ago

kunyepa kwako ndiyo mugodhi yepahwedza I know 1 lady who was involved in that terrific accident and she died there that lady is from rusape iwe wototi murehwa

mugodhi 1 month ago

Aron munodawafa is the leader of the church hapana nyaya apa


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𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 1 month ago

𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗺𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗺 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘀.


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

This problem of leadership after the demise of it's founder is common to most apostolic sect churches and Pentecostal Churches in Africa. They conduct their Church activities on business lines. At the demise of the founder, either the son, wife or any close relative superimposes himself/herself as the legitimate leader out of envy. Then the most senior Bishop and others oppose that arrangement as it would have been out of sync with the constitution of the church.

[[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ]].


1 month ago

putin 1 month ago

avaa mazuva ekupedzisiraaa , , , , , , , mulaa pamberi god second zvakaoomaaa


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Zuro uno kombi yeveChurch yemugodhi yakaita accident ikauraya vanhu 🤔 tozofunga kuti pamwe ndoohondo dzacho.

ityai mwari vanhu vanozviti ndevamwari, itai kuti isu verima nditye rima tiuye kwamuri...


weedman 1 month ago

hooligans with dreadlocks 😂😂😂


Isaac 1 month ago

Politics & These Churches – The difference is the same.


Putin 1 month ago

mkaziva zita rchurc matowana muridzi hanty inonzi mugodhi here saka siyai zvinhu zvamugodhi motanga zvenyu


Gogodera 1 month ago

Kunamata moyo wako kwete church musanyeperwe nema**** aya End time xhi**** chega chega makandiwa kutorera vanhu mari mapositori kungorwira hukuru but kudenga kunenyasha

Baba Chipenete 1 month ago

hamunyare


buddmunn 1 month ago

zvichiri zvekunamata here


𝔼𝕣𝕚𝕔 1 month ago

Mayaa its abt money now , worshipping is a cover up now


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