Chiredzi – Two AFM factions in Chiredzi have taken each other to court on allegations that one was disrupting church services of the other.
On March 31, 2021 Chiredzi Central Assembly pastor and overseer Douglas Gurubha reported to court that his service was disrupted by church leaders from the Greater Grace Assembly which is based at Tshovani
Magistrate Misheck Brian Munyaradzi heard the case on April 22 at Chiredzi Magistrates Court.
It is believed that Gurubha belongs to a faction in the church led by Chiyangwa and those who disrupted belong to a faction led by president Madavo.
Gurubha jointly made the application together with Archford Manhivi (Assembly chairperson), Richard Manjere (secretary) and Gilbert Pambuka.
The accused are Elifas Kufandada who is a chairman, Tarausa Mushenjere (Pastor), Ask Taibu (student pastor) and David Chitsvare (National youth leader). They are alleged to have shouted insulting words at the congregation and declared that they were from a faction led by Madawo.
Kufandada is refuting the allegation and says in his opposition papers that he is an elder of the church and is free to attend any church service of his choice even if congregants belong to different factions.
The Court documents say that on March 14, four leaders from Greater Grace Assembly came whilst Gurubha was in the midst of preaching and set on the pulpit and whispered in Gurubha’s ear that he had came to do their own service.
It is alleged that they also came another day when the applicants were having a midweek service and started singing.
“Our position allows us to attend any church congregation we want although we are from a different assemblies,” said Kufandada.
Luckson Ndure who is the overseer for Masvingo Province said that Pastor Gurubha and his team was the one causing problems in Chiredzi.
“Allegations by the applicant are false, he is the one who is affected by the factionalism and refuses to co-exist thereby causing problems” said Ndure.