Power struggle rocks Zaoga church

3
1998

A VICIOUS power struggle is rocking one of Zimbabwe’s oldest Pentecostal church, the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) amid reports that two factions are at each other’s throats, strategically positioning themselves for take over from the 98-year-old founder Ezekiel Guti, Zim Morning Post can exclusively report.

So brutal are the internal fights such that one faction has technically held Guti hostage, pushing him to anoint a successor before his sun sets.

Zaoga Founder Ezekiel Guti

Insiders close to the development told Zim Morning Post that Guti, since January this year, has been “taken hostage” at his Chitungwiza home on the pretext that “the man of God was instructed to go and work from Chitungwiza.”

“That is the official reason being pushed out there but we know Guti has been held hostage by a faction which has coalesced around his wife,” the source told the Zim Morning Post.

“He is under involuntary house arrest. He is being managed to his death. ‘Chinhu chatorwa ne G40 yemuchurch’ (power has been grabbed by the church’s younger generation).”

Another church elder said no one can now have access to Guti because all those who were close to him have been booted out of their influential positions, leaving him exposed to power grabbers.

“They have already taken control of the church,” the elder clergyman said.

“The fight began when properties were transferred from his name without his knowledge and it took his daughter from his first marriage to reverse the move,” the church elder said.

Asked where Eunor Guti (Guti’s wife) is when such things are happening, the source said “Apostle Eunor Guti is siding with a faction that is currently on the upper hand.”

“Without her involvement Guti could have been at his Chisipite home but she convinced him to go to Chitungwiza.”

“In order to push their preferred candidate for take-over, they are purging all long serving members without following due processes.

“These members were employed and they cannot be fired without following due processes.

“This will spill in courts as these members are likely to challenge the purging which are not consistent with labour laws,” the source opined.

In a dramatic boardroom coup one long serving secretary general Washington Rupapa was booted out.

“Rupapa was Guti’s right hand man and they had to boot him out so that they isolate the founder,” the source said adding: “The temperatures are simmering and if this is not properly handled the church is heading for a split.

“People like Gracious chikore, Dorcas Jaricha and Laverne Simango/ Simukai are playing crucial roles in purgings that are taking place in the church.

“Baba Guti had said Joseph Guti was to remain at the headquarters, in a move many saw as anointing of a successor but he is being slowly pushed out.”

Efforts to get a contacted from the current secretary general Mishael Nyambo were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered. A message via WHatsapp was sent to him but he could not respond.

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  1. […] One of Zimbabwe's oldest pentecostal churches, the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) Forward in Faith (FIF), is reported to be in the throes of a vicious power struggle as factions prepare for life after the 98-year-old founder Ezekiel Guti. Zim Morning Post reported that one faction has technically held Guti hostage, pushing him to anoint a successor before he leaves. A source was quoted as saying since January this year, Guti has been "taken hostage" at his Chitungwiza home on the pretext that "the man of God was instructed to go and work from Chitungwiza." Said the source: That is the official reason being pushed out there but we know Guti has been held hostage by a faction that has coalesced around his wife. He is under involuntary house arrest. He is being managed to his death. ‘Chinhu chatorwa ne G40 yemuchurch’ (power has been grabbed by the church’s younger generation). G40 was a ZANU PF faction that coalesced around former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, before the military coup of November 2017. Another church elder told Zim Morning Post that Guti has become inaccessible as those close to him have been booted out of their influential positions. Said the elder: They have already taken control of the church. The fight began when properties were transferred from his name without his knowledge and it took his daughter from his first marriage to reverse the move. Meanwhile, Eunor Guti (Guti’s wife) is said to be aware of the power struggle and is said to be siding with a faction that is currently with the upper hand. Long-serving members were reportedly fired without following due processes in order to clear the way for a preferred successor to take over. A high profile casualty of the brewing "coup" is said to be long-serving secretary general Washington Rupapa. A source said: Rupapa was Guti’s right-hand man and they had to boot him out so that they isolate the founder. The temperatures are simmering and if this is not properly handled the church is heading for a split. People like Gracious Chikore, Dorcas Jaricha and Laverne Simango/ Simukai are playing crucial roles in purgings that are taking place in the church. Baba Guti had said Joseph Guti was to remain at the headquarters, in a move many saw as the anointing of a successor but he is being slowly pushed out. The publication's efforts to get a comment from the current secretary-general Mishael Nyambo were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered and a message via WhatsApp sent to him was not responded to. More: Zim morning Post […]

  2. This is the devil speaking. Baba Guti isn’t in hostage. Don’t create stories in order to make money out the paper sales using fake stories as Trump calls it.
    How could he go to stay at ZEGU for a week in preparation for the graduations if he was hostaged.

    Are you sent to destroy ZAOGA. Be very careful
    Because what you are plotting against ZAOGA is the very thing that will happen to you instead.

    THE BIBLE SAYS TOUCH NOT MY ANOINTED.
    EVEN AGE SHOULD MAKE YOU FEAR TO TEMPER WITH HIS NAME.

    then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.
    II Peter 2:9‭-‬11 NKJV
    https://bible.com/bible/114/2pe.2.9-11.NKJV

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