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Court reserves judgement in The African Apostolic Church Legal wrangle

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The High Court of Zimbabwe has reserved judgment in the legal wrangle between church members of the African Apostolic Church (Paul Mwazha’s Church), family members, and some church leaders.

Reverend Mhambare, had taken Alfred Kushamisa and his brothers (sons to the leader, Paul Mwazha) to court seeking an interdict to stop the from abusing the founder. This came in the aftermath of the exchange of words between these sons and Paul’s grandsons, Malcomm and Nyasha, sometime in May this year which spilled into the public forum after it was aired by ZBC.

The case causing all the disputes is revolved around a letter, written by Evangelist Kasima, who works as a gardener at the founders homestead. In this letter, which he alleges was written at the instructions of Paul Mwazha, Mwazha’s  sons are given different duties to do in the adminstration of the church. The letter appoints Alfred Kushamisa as the leader of the church, Tawanda Israel as the overseer of the Holy Communion and instructs that the eldest son, Ngoni Edward, could not lead the church because of polygamy.

This letter caused a unprecedented joise in the church, which even turned violent in some instances. It is alleged that Tawanda went to the President’s office were, according to Richard Juru, the general secretary, he lied that he was now the leader of the church. The President tried to broker peace between the two camps to no avail.

 He even sent a delegation to try to hear Mutumwa’s side of the story but the delegation was blocked by Mwazha’s grandsons. Violence ensued and spilled into courts. More tha five cases were filed which included peace orders against the eldest sons. Tawanda’s camp lost four of the cases. The last case has taken months, each camp changing affidavits in almost all of their appearances in court. The High Court of Zimbabwe yesterday reserved judgement to September over Rev Mhambare’s case. Mhambare once this letter to be nullified, alleges that Mwazha is suffering from dementia and thus cannot decide on his own.

To make matters worse, in an audio in the hands of this reporter, Alfred Kushamisa’s camp convinced Mwazha to put his fingerprints on the letter. In another audio, released on the same day, Mwazha is heard alleging that some of his followers wanted to kill him.  The two camps are taking turns to visit Mwazha to get his support. Mwazha, receives all of them, hears what they say and even blesses each camp. This has left each camp confused as Mwazha is accepting all of them, even though followers are complaining that their leader is being abused.

More to follow on this issue.

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