WAR AT AFM…POLICE CALLED TO INTERVENE
APOSTOLIC Faith Mission in Zimbabwe Glaudina Assembly was a war zone as members physically fought for the premises.
The Chiangwa-led faction was reported to have invaded the church premises and clashed with the Madawo-led faction, which claims ownership of the premises as granted by the courts.
Police attended the scene and dispersed the other faction leaving resident Pastor Kunaka to conduct the service. One of the church security officers told H-Metro that no-one was injured during the clash.
“We found the losing faction members already by the premises and we had a misunderstanding until police came,” said the security officer.
“They wanted to disturb our church service but the coming in of police officers helped in resolving the differences.
“They left and no one was injured or arrested and we carried on with our service,” he said.
H-Metro crew followed the service where Pastor Kunaka urged worshippers to remain vigilant, prayerful and meet in homes.
Some members could not follow proceedings in fear of attack and were seen peeping through the windows, keen to know who was coming in.
“Let us not tire but pray without ceasing,” said Pastor Kunaka.
“We could have been meeting here for services but we are not allowed so meet in homes for prayers.
“Wanai nguva yekushanyirana musimbisane nekukurudzirana kunamata kusvika takunda hondo iyi. Vamwe vachasungwa kana kusungiswa asi rambai makasimba pakunamata zvinopfuura,” he said.
The members maintained social distancing and conducted a short service and by 11am Pastor Kunaka had pronounced a blessing and dismissed people. Police officers manned Dzivaresekwa AFM Assembly and no service was conducted as leaders were urging people to return home and come next Sunday.
AFM secretariat sent a circular message signed by the Overseer to various assemblies on Saturday urging people to tighten security ahead of Sunday church service expecting the losing faction to disturb their services.
Below is the letter in full
From the overseer’s Desk
Calvary Greetings to you all.
Grace and peace be unto you.
As you are aware that our erstwhile brothers have shown an arrogant move to come back to our churches to hold their services disrupting our services against the Supreme Court and High Court rulings which rules to our favour.
Following the message from President A D Madawo on defending and guarding our churches, I want to emphasise the following:
1. Let us all be present at our church premises all the time. Be at the church way before your usual starting time or have people at the church who will stop our erstwhile brothers when they try to enter the premises.
2. Make sure all doors and gates are locked and secure only to be opened when we start church. This ensures maximum security on our part.
3. In the event that they force their way into the church, take videos, pictures and report immediately to your nearest police station.
5. You must have copies of the Supreme and High court ruling with you when you report at the police station showing the police that we are the winning side.
6. The court order sought to evict completely is being sought out through the court and you know the wheels of justice turn slowly.
7. Meanwhile, let us be praying for our church and I assure you that it will be over. I stand as Moses saying to you today see the salvation of the Lord, “The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace.” Gen. 14:14
God bless you and have a blessed and peaceful Sunday service.
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