Riot Police thronged AFM Milton Park on Sunday as Chiyangwa and Madawo faction clashed over church venue and left a Pastor nearly beaten by the angry congregants.
Riot Police with tear-gasses was called to ensure that peace prevails after the congregants warned the Madawo faction before having a service that they would disrupt the meeting until the courts decide on the leadership.
Following the split a few months ago, some assemblies agreed to have different services from the two factions at the same venue but different time, but this was not the case at Milton Park Assembly.
According to a source, the congregants decided to stick as one congregation until the courts tells the fate of church leadership but the Madawo faction at Milton Park could not stick by the deal and started to have sessions at the venue without agreement or consultation with the other part.
“We had agreed to have 1 service until the court decide on the leadership but these guys secretly went to people’s inboxes and told them that they were having a service at 8 am.”
These guys who are leading the Madawo fuction were once the church board which was removed after congregants realized that they were mismanaging funds and making decisions without consulting the congregants.
Another congregant Chisenye, said what happened was that the board hired a Pastor Francis Machingura, who is also a lecturer at University of Zimbabwe teaching Religious Education to lead a twelve member congregation.
The source said that the group which was led by a Machingura on Sunday was up in arms against rivals who wanted to use the confusion to cover up for mismanagement of funds.
“What they are doing is a actually a cover-up, they want to cause more confusion so that they wont be an audit and their case of mismanagement of funds will varnish.”
After fights were nearly exchanged blows between Prof Machingura and angry congregants, the leadership were later taken to Milton Park Police Station were they agreed to consult each other on any developments regarding issues to deal with the church awaiting court ruling.
“We agreed that from today going forward we will meet, discuss and agree on any issue that concerns the church” said Chisenye