The leadership crisis in Mugodhi Apostolic Faith Church is far from over after some church leaders recently dragged Washington the son of the church’s founder Tadewu Mugodhi accusing him of clinging to power against the church’s constitution and court order.
The crisis started when Tadewu Mugodhi who succumbed to cancer last year was on his death bed.
Tadewu anointed his son Washington against the church’s constitution which stipulated that a deputy bishop would replace him in the event that he vacated office.
Tonnie Sigauke, who is supposed to be the acting bishop following the death of Tadewu, has filed yet another High Court application seeking a declaratory order confirming Aaron Munodawafa as the substantive bishop of the church with him as the deputy. Read the court papers:
The respondent was not a vice bishop at the time of his purported appointment, neither was he a member of the board of ministries nor the most senior member of the applicant.
The respondent was only a junior pastor in the applicant, and it is impossible for him to be appointed bishop in terms of the Constitution. Succession of the leadership is not hereditary; it is governed by a Constitution.
The papers further indicated that Sigauke and Munodawafa were the church’s vice bishops appointed in terms of their Constitution.
The court was also told that during a national general conference held on February 20 this year, it was resolved that Munodawafa as the senior bishop would become the substantive church leader with Sigauke as his vice.
Sigauke became the acting bishop since Munodawafa is now 105 years old and therefore incapacitated to carry out church functions.
However, during the late Mugodhi’s memorial service, Washington imposed himself on the position and continued to hold the office to date.
This resulted in the church splitting affecting the congregants’ right to worship.