The in-fights that have rocked one of the country’s top Pentecostal churches has reached alarming levels as the church’s president, Reverend Aspher Madziyire fired vice-president Reverend Cossum Chiangwa and his allies without salary and benefits.
It now seems there is no solution in sight as AFM has two warring factions — one led by church president Dr Aspher Madziyire while another is led by his deputy, Reverend Cosam Chiyangwa.
Chiangwa stands accused of staging a “coup” to oust the Madziyire leadership at the AFM annual Rufaro Conference in Chatsworth, Masvingo.
According to an internal memorandum written by the church’s general secretary Reverend Amos Madawu on September 26, 2018, seven top church leaders have since been suspended for violating the church constitution.
He wrote that the AFM Apostolic Council resolved to suspend without pay and benefits, the church’s deputy president and Harare West province Overseer Rev Chiyangwa, Harare North Overseer Rev Arthur Nhamburo, Harare East Overseer Rev Amon Chinyemba and Ruwa province Overseer Rev Maron Mashumba.
“Rev Chiangwa however said the suspension is null and void.
“The suspension, therefore, is a nullity because a leader of an organisation cannot suspend another from a different organisation.
“The differences in the church led to those who felt that they were the majority whose rights had been violated by the administration of Dr Madziyire to convene a National Workers Council on September 22 according to the constitution of the AFM and review the situation in the church, which mainly included the improper adoption of the draft constitution on September 15.”
Chiangwa said anyone still backing Madziyire’s leadership was following a new church, with a new culture and constitution, which was alien to the AFM in Zimbabwe.