The High Court of Zimbabwe on Wednesday ruled that Bishop Aspher Madziyire is the legitimate head of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) Church.
The ruling by Justice Mangota follows a legal wrangle between two rival factions that emerged in the church is 2018, one led by Madziyire and the other led by Madziyire’s then-deputy Reverend Cossam Chiangwa.
Justice Mangota ruled that the church and its assets belong to the Madziyire faction. The judge also blocked the Chiyangwa faction from using church premises and property without authorisation from Bishop Madziyire. Said Justice Mangota:
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The respondents are hereby barred from accessing or using any assets or property of any kind belonging to the church.
The respondents and their followers or agents or assignees be and are hereby directed to relinquish to the church all and any property belonging to the church that is in possession or under control of the respondents.
Failure of the above, the Sheriff of Zimbabwe and his lawful deputy be and is hereby authorised to take all and any property and assets belonging to church from the control and possession of the respondent and hand over the same to the church.
Rev Chiangwa, Amon Chinyemba, Nathan Nhira, Donald Ndoni, Arthur Nhamburo, one M. Mashumba and one S. Sebata were cited as respondents.