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Church Overseer sues former congregant

By Rudo Muchedzi / Published on Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 17:02 PM / No Comments / 1358 views

11 July 2018

 

International Apostolic Jeke Mission Overseer on Monday dragged a former congregant to court accusing him of hiring some MDC-T youths to disturb their church service.

Albert Bengure exposed Peter Sigauke at the Harare Civil court where he had applied for a protection order.

Bengure who applied for a protection order on behalf of the church said Sigauke was in the habit of sending threatening messages to the church.

“Your Worship, he is a former member of our church and he threatens to evict us from our shrine.

“He hired some youths who attacked us with some stones during a church service after he sent some threatening messages.

“We reported the case to the police and the matter is still pending before the courts.

“May the court bar him from disturbing our church services as we no longer need him due to his conduct.

“I am the Overseer in this church and I was chosen to represent the church in this court,” said Bengure.

In response a legal practitioner who was representing Sigauke said his client was opposed to the application.

“My client is opposed to the application as the two are in a leadership row.

“There is factionalism in this church and the two belongs to different factions. This is the reason why they are not in good books.

“In his affidavit he does not refer to specific act of violence against him and he even told the court that he has no evidence that shows that he has been given the authority to represent the church in this court.

“He wants a protection order on behalf of others which is against the law “It is clear that the applicant does not want the respondent to be part of this congregation.

“Also the respondent is not a former member of this church and he has never quitted this church.

The applicant has approached the wrong forum,” he said.

Presiding magistrate Noah Gwatidzo dismissed the application.

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