The legal battle over ownership and control of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe assets and church properties between two factions of the fractured church is far from being resolved with the High Court instructing the parties to the dispute to consolidate all their disputes so that they can be dealt with at once.
High Court Judge, Justice David Mangota met representatives of the 10 parties to the legal battle and resolved that all matters relating to the church between the parties be consolidated and be dealt with at once.
Cossam Chiangwa, Amon Chinyemba, Nathan Nhira and Shepheard Sebata had approached the court seeking a declaratory order against Amon Madawo, Clever Mukaidzwa, Brighton Tembo, Christopher Chemhuru and Aspher Madziyire.
The applicants who cited the AFM as a fellow applicant, want the court to declare that the respondents, all reverends of the same church but of a splinter faction, be barred from purporting to act on behalf of AFM.
Additionally, applicants seek an order declaring themselves as the duly elected office bearers of the AFM church, and the barring of the respondents from accessing or using any assets or property belonging to the church.
The applicants also seek the court’s intervention in enforcing the relinquishing of property held by the respondents, their agents, assignees, and followers so that they may retain possession.
They finally seek an order for the sheriff of Zimbabwe to attach all property and assets belonging to the church from the control of the respondents and hand over to the applicants.
It was ordered by the consent of all parties that the application for a declaratory order sought by Madawo under case number HC 9149/18, application by Chiangwa under case number HC/ 179/19 be consolidated with all parties filing their heads of argument by the 12th of March.
The matter has tentatively been set down for hearing on the 25th of March at 10am before Justice Nagoya and in the event that an interim application is opposed, the matter will be heard on the 26th of May.