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Shots Fired As AFM Faction Attempts Seizure Of Church Premises

Shots Fired As AFM Faction Attempts Seizure Of Church Premises

Divisions in the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe church took an ugly twist on Thursday night when security guards hired by one of the factions fired gunshots at the church’s premises in Marlborough.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident, saying investigations are underway.

He said security guards hired by the church’s splinter group led by Reverend Cossam Chiangwa fired gunshots at the Reverend Amon Dubie Madawo-led group in a bid to take over the house of worship by force.

This was despite a Supreme Court judgement which ruled against Reverend Chiangwa, in favour of Reverend Madawo, whom the courts recognise as the legitimate leader of the church.

An attempt by Chiangwa’s security men to take over control of the premises in the dead-of-night were thwarted by security guards aligned to Madawo, resulting in the shooting.

Asst Comm Nyathi said representatives of both church factions had made counter-reports to the police. He said:

Police are investigating the matter. The problem started when the Chiangwa faction hired a security company (name supplied) to guard the premises in Marlborough and they found that there was another security company (name supplied) hired by the Madawo faction.

The Chiangwa security guards tried to enter the premises and they were dispersed by dogs.

After that, the Chiangwa faction’s security guards phoned their command section which deployed reinforcements. One of these reinforcements fired the shots.

The case of assault was reported to Marlborough Police Station by the Chiangwa guards and the Madawo faction’s security guards also made a counter-report of the shooting.

This is the case the police are investigating and all is emanating from the church fights.

The battle to control AFM started in 2018 and has played out in the public for the past three years.

It resulted in the emergence of two rival camps, one led by Madawo and the other by Chiangwa.

The dispute between the two camps spilt into the Supreme Court after a group led by Chiangwa filed an appeal against a High Court order which gave Madawo’s faction blessings to lead the church.

The row over control of the church and its assets was sparked by the church’s council meeting held at Rufaro, Masvingo in 2018.

The meeting, as part of its resolutions, passed a vote of no confidence on the president of the church Reverend Aspher Madziyire.

The results of the council meeting saw leaders of both factions taking the matter to court.

More: The Sunday Mail


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21 Comments

legend 2 months ago

kurwira chigaro kurwira ma benefits zvima grocery nezvimari mari hapana Mwari mukati pakurwisana ap kkkkkkkkkk vanhu so ka makaoma .Ukads hukuru vhra yako ka church


legend 2 months ago

kurwira chigaro kurwira ma benefits zvima grocery nezvimari mari hapana Mwari mukati pakurwisana ap kkkkkkkkkk vanhu so ka makaoma .Ukads hukuru vhra yako ka church


legend 2 months ago

kurwira chigaro kurwira ma benefits zvima grocery nezvimari mari hapana Mwari mukati pakurwisana ap kkkkkkkkkk vanhu so ka makaoma .Ukads hukuru vhra yako ka church


Tentin 6 months ago

Stage managed


Lee 6 months ago

Vane nhamo vanobatirira pazita rechurch kana mufundisi nekuti zvese zvichapfuura asi shoko raJesu ndiro rinogara nekusingaperi.kuchasara one church Jesu ariye musoro wayo yakavakwa panheyo dzemapositori ana Pauro nana Petro ana Johani zvimwe zvese izvi mufananidzo mumvuri uyu...


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Dury 6 months ago

Did you know Africans are the only ones who can buy a Factory ,convert it into a Church and then start praying for Jobs


Tboz 2 months ago

😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

Satan 6 months ago

Vanhu vemu africa vanonamata church not mwari.. Ndavatadza.


Ranga 6 months ago

Christianity is a bogus religion brought by whites to brainwash and colonise world religions. Thats why you witness a serious lack of discipline in their churches and congregants alike. Everything they do is mared by fornication, adultery, fraud, hatred and misdirection. Even the Israelites themselves are not christians.


Satan 6 months ago

Unoziva iwe.
African are overdoing christianity... Its a bussiness.. Kuva ne church.. Well paying profession kuva pastor

Madala Banda 6 months ago

ZAOGA is next in line


Dikaz 6 months ago

Machurch anaMuseyamwaa investments ayaa... Vari kuda kudya vese nekuti kuno dyikaa.. kuno enda mapofu asingaziva kana kurava kuti mwari vari kuti musanamate zvifananidzo kana kuti vanhu... Pakubuda pfuti manje nekusungisanaa ivoo vachiparidza rudo. sutan akatora dendemaro mavarii


CzaryMangule 6 months ago

Dikaz icho ndochokwado chamacomenta. Vasingaoni siyai varasike

B&C 6 months ago

Church yamanikidzwa nasatan.


Doroguru 6 months ago

Ndookurikuenda church zhinji uku,good example African Apostolic church yavaMwazha. Then one asks kuti zvichiri zvekunamata here izvi kana kwave kukara? Iko why can't we have a single church of God instead of the million churches that we have?🤔🤷


Rudo Ndirwo Rwukuru 6 months ago

Single church hama yangu kkkk izvo ..Denga richaita zvaroita nekuti ukacherechekdza aya ndomself interest both side....Denga rakati imi mukatadza kundinamata matombo ndichaita kt andinamate...iyo ukazoona church yoyananiswa nenyika tsveeee kuti iyo iyananise nyika...zvakangooma.....vatadzi tizire kunze ngavapinde mstreet vatiparidzire hazvigoneke....Mwoyo inoshuwa kuti ini nemwi timuimbire kumunamata muzvokwadi zvisina asset kn chii mukati

Baba kuku 6 months ago

Very true.

Rambo 6 months ago

hapasisina zvekunamata apa


Inspector. 3 months ago

Hapasisina kunamata Mwari, it is now a battle field, a boxing ring, not praying the Almighty but the devil by disguise.

Christian 6 months ago

Mwari tiitireiwo nyasha



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