Chaos devour AFM

POLITICKING has reached fever pitch in Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe ahead of elections for the church’s leadership.

Sources said the church’s president, Dr Aspher Madziyire and his deputy, Reverend Cossum Chiangwa, are at loggerheads as the former is against the latter’s intention to stand for presidency.

Rev Chiangwa is said to have altered his birthday in order to qualify for the presidency.

At the moment, Rev Amon Chinyemba is said to be the favourite for the post.

Dr Madziyire, who has led the church for the past 15 years, is said to be irked by the fact that he is of the same age as his deputy who intends to succeed him.

The church’s election, which are conducted after three years, were due this month but have since been postponed pending the amendment of the church’s constitution.

Leading the amendment process is lawyer Mr Tawanda Nyambirai, who leads AFM’s constitutional reforms and is believed to be Rev Chiangwa’s cover.

Sources say Dr Madziyire threatened to expose bad files of “misbehaving people backing Rev Chiangwa if they continue to pursue their vendetta”.

In an audio recording in possession of The Sunday Mail Society, Dr Madziyire, speaking to Togarepi Mapingure, said he was fighting a court case and paying lawyers to access court information so that when the election dates are announced, they will stand unchallenged.

In the audio clip, Dr Madziyire said he advised Rev Chinyemba not to campaign for presidency and wait patiently for the post as campaigning is only done in the political world.

“Right now I am calling the senior elders that I may have audience with them, then I will talk to them. I am meeting them on Friday. Then after that I will have the backing of people who we call the real AFM.

“If you just rush as you are rushing with your youngsters you won’t bring out anything because you will bring out immature things. I should have ground that I know I have from the legal side, court, church wherever (sic). You are challenging a person who is a lawyer who knows what he is doing.

“Because if we are going to be fighting with (Mr) Nyambirai we won’t be fighting Nyambirai, we will be fighting Beatrice,” Dr Madziyire said.

“So you must know that we must have good standing. Now when I tell you all this you then reveal it on social media that father (Dr Madziyire) is doing this. We don’t do that…

“What I just want to tell you is I am fighting for you that the person you want to be overseer will stay there. Leave me to sort out your road for you. I know you don’t like me, just be patient and allow me to sort out your things to go well,” added Dr Madziyire.

Some of the national pastors want to do away with the Workers Council and proceed with the elections.

AFM is led by a president and Apostolic Council which is elected for a three-year term and can be extended upon re-election.

The Apostolic Council run the church on behalf of the Supreme Board, which is the National Workers Council. Both the National Workers Council and Apostolic Councils are chaired by the president.

Reports are that plans are to ensure that Rev Chiangwa does not contest for the overseer’s seat, which will grant him an opportunity to contest for the presidency.

In the audio clip, Dr Madziyire flexes his muscle as he pledges to assist the interested candidate (Rev Nyemba) by highlighting that if he didn’t set the platform for him, he would just light a fire and leave the house (AFM) burning.

“You will suffer with your president who is not stable. What I just want to tell you Mapingure is that trust me, I know what I am doing. By Monday I will have an answer.

“I cannot tell you where I was having troubles because if you are fighting with inside people, those who are overseers, those who say they stand with you, I can’t reveal all my cards. I want to advise you when you become an overseer how to handle the office when you are now grown. Not to just run revealing everything, you will be killed before you have done anything,” Dr Madziyire warned.

“I am a pastor so as a pastor I cannot put a policy that kills a person, that’s all you know. If I was evil I was going to expose all your friends long back. You know their stories starting from Mutaka, there are women from Rusape with his children, you know it. So if I was evil I was going to expose it. All those boys that you work with, you are the only one I don’t have files about from overseas.

“Gwaendepi was writing bad about me, fighting me and I saw it. Writing all the things he had been sent to write. He said it was the overseer he was talking to. Then I said reveal who it is you were talking to, there is no one else but Chinyemba.

“Chinyemba persuaded me saying please give Gwaendepi a place after he had proposed to a married woman and he was chased out of the ministry. And we said we won’t discipline him let’s find him a place in Mvuma. Now you wake up tomorrow selling me out.”

Dr Madziyire continued with his exposes, saying he was left with only a year before leaving, and that he is benefiting nothing from the national position.

“Right now Nyambira is not talking to me. I blocked him on my phone because we don’t agree. What I want to tell you is do not fight for everyone, what do you get from fighting for everyone and your family is destroyed?

“Even if you were not there, God had a plan that we will get out of the trap that had been set for us by Nyambirai. But you want to take God’s place and fight yourself. Do you know people are laughing at you? You don’t create things that will be a curse to your children. What Nyambirai did was murderous and it destroys our children’s church.

“Nyambirai and his fellows did things at the wrong time. The method they are using is wrong.. If I see you being cheeky I will leave you to continue. My name was smeared long back. So I will just abandon everything but it destroys the church as a whole. If you hadn’t married my daughter, I would leave you to be cursed,” Dr Madziyire warned Pastor Mapingure.

Dr Madziyire seems to have considerable supporty in the church.

A source said all the pastors who had been demanding for Rev Chiangwa’s original birthday had been summoned to his provincial offices.

“He has become a dictator in our church and is power hungry to the extent of sponsoring other junior pastors to rise against current president, Dr Madziyire.

“Dr Madziyire is being accused of trying to hold on to power but the issue of amending the constitution was supposed to have been done in February last year.

“Dr Madziyire agreed to it so that elections would be held smoothly but Rev Chiangwa suggested they be held last month to create an impression that (Dr) Madziyire does not want to leave the post. Dr Madziyire did not see the resistance coming and agreed to the move.

“It was politics at play to ensure he appears to be the good person. He is now saying he is against the timing of the new constitution, which could delay elections,” the source said.

There are also allegations that Rev Chiangwa has been spreading rumours and information about Harare East overseer, Rev Amon Chinyemba, who is reportedly the front runner to be the next president.

“He has been spreading bad rumors and information about Harare East overseer Amon Chinyemba, who is the front runner to be the next AFM president (with) allegations ranging from fraud, abuse of office and being a womaniser.

“As pastors from Harare West and East, all we want is for things to be done properly with qualifying candidates contesting, not old man wanting to remain young,” the source added.

Dr Madziyire and Rev Chiangwa’s phones where unavailable at the time of going to print.

In December last year, AFM secretary-general, Rev Amon Madawo confirmed there were amendments to be done to the constitution, saying it was vague.

This, he said, had resulted in several court contests emanating from differing interpretations of the constitution.

The Apostolic Council decides when the elections will be held. It also approves any amendments to the constitution.

Infighting has rocked the AFM church for years.

In December last year, national pastors convened at Living Waters Theological Seminary, objecting to the fast tracking of the church’s constitutional reforms.

Canvassing for support and smear campaigns seem to have gone a gear up in the church, possibly inspired by material gain and control of systems.

It is said overseers receive offerings from as many as 35 churches during provincial meetings at Holy Communion. There is also an honorary event held for the pastors on Christmas. In addition, allowances of $500 are paid to the pastors and their wives during meetings. Some of the overseers are known to lead luxurious lives with various properties locally and abroad.

Pastors who dare to raise their voices are reportedly sent to rural assemblies while budding pastors are brought into the cities.

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  • Disappointed

    Surely is this the House of God?. Whats in it for these people, as a Christian I am so disappointed. We seem to be having fires everywhere and so many skeletons in their closets. God have mercy.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Churches must be banned. Just full of fakes, conmen and cheats. What a useless exercise. As Bob Marley said it’s just a machine to make money

    • Alfred

      I bet you dont even know wht u are talking about.

    • Lennon Emmanuel

      if the plane crushes do you stop all flights altogether and ban flying?

      • Moe_Scyslack2

        Airplanes are real. God and religion are make-believe. Ingano dzana tsuro nagudo. Therein lies the difference.

        • Lennon Emmanuel

          bamunini musatombode kuzvibhaiza nezvisina basa, spiritual settings are very very real. haikona kuda kubatira zvinhu pamusoro.

          • Moe_Scyslack2

            Haiwawo tibvirei kumhepo. Where did you meet her? Your god I mean. Religion and poverty go hand in hand. Brainwashed fool.

    • Mandla Kumalo

      No they should not be banned. But certain pastors should in this case, Chinyemba who is being said to be a womaniser. Chiangwa who has many birth certificates and a dictator and Madziire who is being like Mugabe

  • Chihelele

    Whether hh is liked or not, madziire has over stayed, he sjosho go

  • kuda

    This afm leadership is just full of conmen who believe in money than in God. The president cant discipline a pastor yet he knows he has children out of wedlock, son in law getting favours from the president, changing birth certificates so as to continue milking the church. We know why all the pastors don’t want the new constitution becoz its taking the control of money away from the pastors.These pastors they are not surbordinate to the hirachy and at assembly they don’t listen to the elders making them defacto owners of the assembly. The pastor`s wife whether akatorwa mubhawa she comes in as head of the women at an assembly.What will she teach older and experienced members of the church. Is a calling sexually transmitted ?. I hope the elders and Nyambirai don’t give up on this new constitution. The church was captured longback by the pastors .Its time the elders who own the church on behalf of the congregation reclaim it back.You are registered as a charity organization but you don’t have a budget for orphans, widows or the less previledged .All the money is collected in the name of God but all is spent on the pastor. Instead of developing the church we are developing the pastors.This is just daylight robbery of the church

    • Zvivanai Chingwe

      I agree with you Kuda, the other thing that needs to be addressed URGENTLY is the issue of pastor’s wives’ They behave like they are the once’s with a calling. That is what brought Mugabe down, failing to control his mad wife. The same should happen at AFM Church. We have pastor’s wives who are lose cannons. Cassum Chiangwa famous for many birth certificate’s wife comes to mind. She is called Marian or Miriam Chiangwa. I worked with her in Glen Norah for 7 years very shallow, dull and talkative and wants to behave like shez the pastor. I hear its even worse now that they have money and been extorting people in Marlborough and Harare West province. Pasto’s wives behave

    • Dube Lemias

      well said, the church members are being robbed …daylight robbery is rife in the church, vamwe kutoramwa kuuya kuchechi just becoz u failed to get the post of an overseer, pachine humwari here ipapa nhai maAFM

  • Killian

    This Cossum Chiangwa guy is a conmen. How can one have three birth certificates, just to qualify as the church’s president. He should be arrest. These are the things the new government should deal with. He is a dictator just like the former president Mugabe. His passport, ID and Driver’s license all have different dates of birth. If he thinks I am lying I challenge him to publish them here.

  • Simba

    Glad this is coming out, used to work for a travel agency and was once a member of A.F.M but personally noticed the date of birth on Chiangwa’s passport is different from his driver’s license. I would book for his many flights to USA and SA Why do people who claim to be man of God do this.

  • Johannes

    I used to attend Marlborough Faith Alive assembly between 2004-2005. I was looking for help in many places and stopped going there after bumping into Chiangwa at a Witch doctor’s house at night in Dzivarasekwa. I saw him with my own eyes. I seem he uses some form of black magic. I was disappointed. God help us

  • Prof Lovemore

    I think Cossum Chiangwa is being pushed to be power hungry and be church President by his wife who is an ISO certified “men” her self she has no diplomacy and talks too much apa chikoro hapana. She is all over just like the disgraced Gace Mugabe. That is where Cossum Chiangwa is going if he does not control that mad women he calls his wife. Watch this space. Good story Sunday Mail. U exposed the rot in A.F.M

  • Shelton we U.FI

    Cossum Chiangwa and is the one who silently pushed Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa out of A.F.M, U cant pull down a good man. Look were Prophet Makandiwa is now. What goes around comes around

  • A.F.M Pastor waBantu

    We pastors from Harare West and East know that it is Chiangwa who is sending and paying people to record Madziire paphone. Taneta naye murume uyu. He pretends to be holy and nice buying favours from chembere and rural pastors who have nothing. How can he summon us as pastors to talk about his birth certificates, anga abvunzwa nani. If he is clean why call as. Kuri kungoda kunzi you are under 60 years to qualify to be in the running for president. Nyaraiwo kani. All he does is talk about assets and money he is amassing from people. Recently he bought a block of flats. where is he getting the money from. Pakuda anti-corruption and Zimra. Thank you Zimpapers continue exposing all pastor who are taking advantage of desperate people and are thugs. Pastor Amon Chinyemba be careful this man can kill you or tarnish your image ne kuda power

  • Susan Chenai Mapara Jena

    Have nothing much to say about the Pastors written in this story I do not know them. I am from Salvation Army i was once invited for a provincial women’s conference by a friend in Madokero in 2016 the lady being mention in other comments mabasa. Aizviti ‘Mother General Chiangwa.’ She talks zvisina logic. out of sinc with issues at hand and why people are gathered for the conference in the first place. Please madzimai lets know our positions. Lets respect each other why we left out homes to seek God’s face, grace and guidance. Those few minutes I saw her I was surprised to learn she is a wife of a pastor. She talk rubbish like a former stripper or someone not groomed who thinks she know better than everyone. Wonder how other A.F.M ladies work with her. Correct these short comings or your church will lose respect

  • Bin Laden

    Am surprised A.F.M pastor are seeing Chiangwa’s dictatorship tendency now when he has been with you for almost 15 years. A lot of people l know left A.F.M Glen Norah and Marlborough assembly because of this evil couple. My gogo died of bitterness after this bitch called Mrs Chiangwa pushed her out of the church after insulting her verbally, she is the one who raised me. If I think deeply about it am tempted to revenge. Gore rino hariperi will start with your children the one I see her in England mira uone until your first born. Now 100% mosad and my anger has been revived after reading comments and this story. Be warned

  • car dealar

    Thank you Sunday Mail for this story, I cant stop laughing kuita library ye ma birth certificate here akomana. I know this man’s wife from Dzivarasekwa, will end there, other wise what Nelson Mandela did to Winnie after he was released from prison might happen to her. Why am I saying this, dealt with this couple over issues to do with cars. vanonyepa. kunyanya murume wacho wamunoti pastor Chiangwa. All their stories kungonyeya vanhu and talking bad about them as if they are angels. The almost 10 months I dealt with them do not think pane akasara muchurch yavo ye ku Bluff Hill and Marlborough. Am not surprised about these witchcraft allegations.

  • Mufundisi chaiye

    Sunday Mail News Editor and News Editor have e-mailed you assets of this corrupt Chiangwa couple. I am a senior pastor and sending u what I know. U can even check with deeds offices. How can a pastor have more than 10 houses in low density areas and flats. The address are there and when they were bought. If he owned A.F.M we would understand. Imi vesangano ngwaraiwo kungorohwa cash ne zvikwambo. More info coming. Better you resign before you and your family is embarassed

  • Sheryl Kelly

    So it seem this Cossum Chiangwa guy is the evil one. There are five names in this A.F.M story who to me I think are all wrong but he seem to be under mo attack. Repent dude seem your works are catching up with you. There is something that you are definitely doing wrong Mr Chiangwa and your wife/girlfriend what ever u call her.

  • South for Jesus

    Hahahahaha, I blame you Harare West Pastors, we told you and you thought vanhu ve ku South are jealous or insane. You praise munhu kunge mwari. Chiangwa’s dirty wife anokutongai mese. Munotizii asvika apa some of you are not even loving and caring to your own wives. Now see your “mini god” is being exposed. Copy zvakanaka ku Harare South not rubbish u do under Chiangwa and his wife who behaves as if she went to bible college or has a PHD in Theology apa she is a ZJC drop out. Zvamurimi AFM church u vote for this person to be your President. Even Chinyemba wacho is not clean and should not be near presidium. Look for other Holy man of God to lead vanhu. Madziyire and sure he is aware is time is up unless akuda coup.

  • kuda

    Cossam is a dictator . He uses fear to achieve whatever he once. This is the worst candidate to ever have for a president. Problem yavanhu vasina kudzidza is that when they make money they think kudzidza hakuna basa yet it helps you to understand other people to understand issues even your own environment. Actually the position for president is more of an administration/management job you don’t have to be a pastor.Pastors should concentrate on their calling ie preaching evangelizing etc.Management yechurch should be done by lay people ie qualified elders or deacons.This thing of making a pastor the spiritual leader and CEO is a nonstarter.Theres conflict of interest.This is what has brought AFM WHERE IT IS TODAY. Change the constitution so that the president , administrator…. all office staff should be laypeople. Pastors are employees of the church.You always boast kuti AFM unlike other churches is not owned by anyone.So where does it say ndeyaPastor.AFM belongs to its community , the congregation. Where do you have someone travelling hundreds of kms to come and assume absolute power unchallenged power when he was never there when the church started

  • Tendai

    Thank you Tawanda Nyambirai for exposing Chiangwa’s many birth certificates in your audio that is circulating on WhatsAp. How can Chiangwa say he is 54. I was in the same class with his first born called Nunurai and Rusitu High in Chimanimani. I am now 36 and remember very well I was one of the youngest in class. So does it mean he had his first child at 17/18. How old was his wife then. Not adding up or many be I need maths lessons. I know people change ma birth but isaiwo ma dates ari realistic for a worthy cause not to gate crash kuita president.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Kkkk. Religious zealots. Hanzi I have confidence in what I’m saying. Too funny. Wakataura naye? Anogara kupi? When you consider our sun is one of trillions in our Milky Way alone and each star you see at night is its own sun iwe in your wisdom woti isu chete on this puny little planet ndisu chete? Mwari wacho anogara kupi? Fools