The conflict pitting two factions within the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Zimbabwe has continued unabated.
AFM is tottering on the verge of a nasty split after two factions emerged due to differences over the writing a new constitution for the church.
One faction is headed by Reverend Cossam Chiyangwa while the other is led by Reverend Amon Madawo.
The AFM International led by its president Professor Frank Chikane has tried in vain to reconcile the warring factions.
A meeting to end the fights is scheduled to be held with Rev Chikane in South Africa on February 23.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail, Rev Chiyangwa’s spokesman Rev Togara Mapingura said that the Madawo faction is negotiating in bad faith. He said:
We thought Rev Madawo was genuine but they are plotting against us at a time (when) we are saying let’s discuss the matter.
We had said they should withdraw the suspension of 400 pastors; withdraw court cases; throw away the draft constitution. This will never happen and it spoils the dialogue.
Rev Madawo was unwilling to discuss the issue with the Weekly publication. He said:
Let’s talk after 23 February (2019). Otherwise, we don’t want our issues to be published in newspapers; we want to keep out of the public eye.
… Chiyangwa didn’t attend because he’s in Ethiopia while his other team members are in Australia. We are setting the ground for dialogue to solve our sticking issues.
AFM is probably the largest Pentecostal church in the country. It has experienced defections in the past with the likes Tavonga Butabwashe, Emmanuel Makandiwa and Charles Charamba leaving the mega-church to form their own.