THE Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe has closed its El Shaddai Assembly in Zengeza and fired its leader Reverend Paymore Murefu, for taking the church president Aspher Madziyire to court over alleged financial impropriety.
The church accused Murefu and Zengeza 5 pastor Kefias Mujokeri of rejecting lateral transfers and being the brains behind a High Court application where they sought an order compelling the church to hire external auditors to investigate Madziyire, AFM secretary-general Amon Madau and national administrator Munyaradzi Shumba over missing funds.
The duo accused their leaders of milking the church coffers dry for personal gain.
In a letter dated December 30 2015, AFM provincial chairman Reverend Collen Dandure, gave Murefu his marching orders, accusing him of “intransigence, arrogance and hostility towards the provincial committee.”
Dandure also sent a circular to all church members advising them of the closure of El Shaddai Assembly.
Murefu and Mujokeri in their High Court application accused the church leadership of violating Chapter 14.4 of the AFM constitution by failing to submit audited accounts of the church since 2003.
They alleged that the failure by the three respondents to submit audited books of accounts for over 10 years raised suspicion of corruption.