AFM women’s conference opens
27 April 2018
. . . Chamisa dragged into factional wars
. . . ‘rebel’ pastors deny protest claims
APOSTOLIC Faith Mission International Women Conference expected to begin at Rufaro in Masvingo is expected to be graced by the First Lady and church international president, Frank Chikane.
The conference, running under the theme ‘Emmanuel’, will see church Council convene an annual general meeting where AFM International president Frank Chikane is expected to intermediate on the drafted constitution that has divided AFM pastors.
Reports that reached this publication were that Nelson Chamisa, who is still to be ordained as a pastor according to the AFM constitution, is up to smear the Women Conference following reports that the First Lady is expected to address the gathering where only women preach before AFM president Aspher Madziyire officially closes it.
Chamisa, who last year received a diploma in theology, stands accused of organizing six senior church pastors to disturb the smooth flow of the conference over failing to be accorded chance to address youth at the same venue a fortnight ago.
The senior pastors mentioned include Peter Kefias Mujokeri of Kadoma, Togara Mapingure of Mutare, Tedious Munemo of Cold Comfort, Blessing Muroyiwa of Braeside, Aleck Matimba of Belvedere and Onesimo Sasa of Mabelreign Assemblies.
“AFM internal problems have been infiltrated by Chamisa and is now busy putting structures to oppose president Madziyire and secretary general Amon Madawo and cause commotion at the Conference,” impeccable sources told H-Metro.
“Chamisa wants Mapingure to be the president and Mujokeri to replace Madawo as secretary general so as to meet his hidden political agenda that forced him to attend to Living Waters Bible College so that he becomes a pastor.
“Mapingure is being funded by gays from outside the country and the church is against homosexuality and Chamisa is bitter after he was denied chance to address the recently held Youth Conference held at the same venue,” said the source.
Contacted for comment, Pastor Mujokeri denied the allegations saying he and the other mentioned pastors are fully behind president Madziyire.
“Those are falsehoods being spread by people who are after tarnishing AFM. I and the pastors you mentioned are all after the leadership of president Madziyire and no one is after disturbing the Women Conference as alleged,” said Pastor Mujokeri.
Pastor Matimba distanced himself from dragging AFM internal issues into politics saying Chamisa received a blessing from leadership although he was not accorded a chance to address youth on the recently ended conference.
“As called servants of God we will not bow to that pressure and expose inner issues of a great church as AFM by washing its linen in public,” said Pastor Matimba.
“Every church has issues and they are solved in a godly private manner. There is an annual council business meeting which Councillors are coming to attend in which church fathers have engaged the international church president Dr F. Chikane who has been seized with the matters as means of internal conflict resolution.
“There is no way pastors can be embroiled in national politics and disrupt a spiritual international ladies conference which is happening in a separate venue. ‘For the why’?
“How can anyone link the issue involving pastors which started December 2017 with Nelson Chamisa who rose to power just recently?
“We are aware of a bid to politicize the church issue to attract security forces hoping to manipulate the meeting, intimidate councilors and restrict their free movement in case of a protest vote,” said pastor Matimba admitting that they always engage police on big gatherings.
AFM president Madziyire could neither confirm nor deny the allegations urging this writer to attend the conference and report the truth about the church.
“I am preparing to attend the International Women Conference where we are expecting guests from Zambia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and many others and as well meet church councilors for our national annual general meeting,” said Madziyire.
“Yes we are expecting the First Lady to grace the conference but as for those allegations I am not prepared to comment on that. Best is for you to come and cover the conference and get the truth,” said Madziyire.
Chamisa could not be reached for comment although one of his trusted lieutenants only identified as Chinoputsa confirmed informing him about H-Metro’s need for his comment over the allegations.
“I told him about the story and I thought he called you for his comment as promised,” said Chinoputsa.