ZIMBABWE – DISGRUNTLED members of the Apostolic Faith Mission on Sunday staged what they described as ‘holy war’ in Dzivaresekwa against their overseer following his decision to transfer their resident pastor.
AFM Overseer Cosum Chiangwa was only rescued by police officers who then quelled the disturbances. Some of the defiant church members were picked up by the police and questioned at Dzivaresekwa police station.
The church service was also disrupted as members demonstrated against Chiangwa whom they accused of frustrating Pastor Mukundi.
When H-Metro visited the assembly, Chiangwa was holed up in his car as parishioners sang protest songs denouncing their overseer.
One of the members told H-Metro that Chiangwa was fulfiling what had been prophesied by a demon at the church declaring that Mukundi would go.
“Overseer is dancing to the tune of the demon which declared to us last time that our pastor would leave the assembly come what may,” said the church member.
“We demanded to see the overseer after he sent his officials. As we speak, our pastor has been asked not to report here because they are reassigning him to the rural areas. We will not be blessed to work with a pastor we are not agreeing to be under considering all the effort done by Mukundi for the past two years.
“What surprises us is that another pastor Mai Maraure of Dzivaresekwa 3 has been there for eight years but she has been spared because she is the one who reads the Bible for Chiangwa at conferences.
“Overseer is failing to understand that he is being used by the devil to fulfill his expectations because many people were being delivered by this pastor.
“There are so many developments at the church both spiritually and physically. “Chiangwa is doing all this to retain his post as overseer and that’s why he is appointing pastors loyal to him for votes.
“That does not benefit us for he is causing more divisions than resolving the issue and today he is also failing to address us.
“We won’t listen to his emissaries because we are proud of our church,” said one of the church members.
When H-Metro sought a comment from Chiangwa who was locked in the car, he asked to be excused and promised to respond later.
“It is better for you to come at the office or I will call you for my comment,” said Chiangwa from the confines of his car.
However, Chiangwa was not reacheable at the time of going to print. Chiangwa is being accused of recruiting pastors aligned to him at lucrative assemblies, an allegation he vehemently refuted last week.