A church service in Bulawayo was on Sunday forced to end after two pastors had engaged in a fist fight.
The state media reported that the misunderstanding started with a verbal altercation and resulted in the two producing knives and knobkerries to end a long standing leadership dispute.
The situation then deteriorated in church when the two pastors confronted each other.
According to a church member who asked for anonymity, the two had a long standing grudge.
âThere is overwhelming evidence that Nyamajiwa and Sibanda have been battling for the church to clarify their positions in the church.
âAs congregants we all know that the two have been fighting for the post from a long time ago, it is not something new. It is ironic that two men who are supposedly God fearing can be rivals in church.â
When contacted Sibanda confirmed the incident and begged the reporter not to write the story.
âIt is true that there was turmoil at our church but I am interested to know who told you the story because this is a private issue. I am begging you to not write the story but if you want you can carry on but we will see what to do,â said Sibanda.
However, Nyamajiwa denied the allegations saying that nothing happened at his church.
âThose are pure lies. We are a very organised church and we cannot do such a thing. Obviously the person who told you is jealous of our church,â said Nyamajiwa.
A congregant only identified as Muchanya also confirmed the story.
âThe church was at my house on Sunday and we are so embarrassed about the character our pastors displayed in front of the whole world. We donât even know if this thing was planned or what because they both had weapons in their cars, a very rare situation for pastors,â said Muchanya
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