According to reports, members of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in Zimbabwe are currently divided after their pastor and secretary were married four months after his wife’s death.
It became known that the Reverend Amon Chinyemba married his secretary Nyaradzo Chibhememe last weekend in a lavish ceremony presided over by the Rev. Manyika in Hatfield. Reverend Chinyemba is said to belong to an AFM faction led by Reverend Cossum Chiangwa.
The wedding ceremony left many with mixed feelings as they wondered whether it was appropriate for Chinyemba to marry Siphiwe Chinyemba so soon after the death of his wife, Siphiwe.
While there is speculation the two were romantically involved before the pastor’s wife died in August, others said the pastor got married so quickly because he needed a wife to be eligible for the AFM presidency next year .
Reverend Peter Kefias, spokesman for Reverend Chiangwa, cited AFM but debunked the claim and went on to insist that the wedding was nothing unpleasant as Reverend Chinyemba followed all cultural and traditional protocols after his wife’s death.
“Rev. Chinyemba was under no pressure to marry his new wife Nyaradzo Chibhememe, who has been widowed for 20 years.
“The two were in a relationship for a month and a half before tying the knot, and his three daughters – Wisdom, Patience, and Precious – are adults and married.
“Yes, according to custom, Prudence should be married on December 12th, 2020. The date has been postponed to next year so that the wedding can take place.”
On speculation that the Reverend Chinyemba was romantically involved with his secretary before his wife’s death, Kefas revealed that Chinyemba had attempted to marry a widow from another Pentecostal church ZAOGA. It was found that he turned on his secretary after the marriage plans with the widow did not work out.
The spokesman added;
“Rev. Chinyemba’s marriage was no secret and once he met Dr. Ezekiel Guti with the intention of marrying one of the ZAOGA widows, but it was not God’s will. (sic)
“He saw best of taking his secretary as his wife as she has been widowed for a number of years, and he took AFM council staff as part of his bridal team.
“Those making noise about this wedding might know about the other faction, knowing that the AFM split is pending before the courts.
“We’d like to suggest that church politics is at play here, and possibly the other faction members who want to tarnish Rev. Chinyemba’s name.”
Reverend Kefas Mujokori also insisted that there is no law in the AFM’s constitution prohibiting widowers or individual members from applying for church positions.