HARARE – Chief Svosve has banned the Zion Kingdom of the Lord God Church in Wedza over $150 registration arrears.
Church founder Patrick Hweru pleaded with Chief Svosve’s court on Friday to lift the ban, arguing that the church is already registered and affiliated to the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ).
Hweru said: “We are already a registered and affiliated church to the ACCZ, hence if you summon us to pay the arrears of $150, it will be unfair since we are an indigenous church empowered to congregate in this country in accordance with the laws of the land.
“However, as the numbers increased, we were actually surprised when a summons was delivered to us from your honourable court claiming that we are not allowed to congregate in all branches in Wedza.”
He added that they have been decreed to pay $250 to register their branches with Chief Svosve and another $25 as fine.
We managed to pay the fine and an instalment of $100 as deposit of registration to operate in your area and frantic efforts were tirelessly made to raise the remainder of which we have failed to mobilise the arrears hence plead with you to uplift the ban since the church is faced with financial constraints…” Hweru said.
In passing judgment, Chief Svosve insisted that the church remained banned even though they have partly paid the deposit.
“You are encouraged to fully pay your registration for us to revoke the banishment and be notified that as chiefs, we have powers vested in us to preside in all matters concerning registration of churches and its operations in our respective areas of operation in this country,” Chief Svosve said.
The church has since written to ACCZ, pleading with its leadership to look into the matter since it has already registered the church under its banner.