Two churches locked in bit­ter land row

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

Church led by Bishop Tshuma from their place of wor­ship.

In a pre-trial con­fer­ence held be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa yes­ter­day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both churches claimed to be the right­ful ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the church stand.

Mr Ru­vetsa or­dered them to come to court on Septem­ber 8 for trial.

In its state­ment, the Sal­va­tion Army of the Twelve Apos­tles Church claimed to have given the stand to the Full Bless­ing of God Apos­tolic Church in a tem­po­rary ar­range­ment.

“Our church bought a stand in 2000 and we got into an ar­range­ment with the lead­er­ship of Full Bless­ings Church where we agreed that they could wor­ship from our premises tem­porar­ily.

“In 2014 the ar­range­ment col­lapsed. As a church we then agreed that we had to evict Full Bless­ing of God Apos­tolic Church from the stand. We ad­vised the lead­er­ship of the church but up un­til now they are re­fus­ing to va­cate,” read the state­ment.

The church also claimed that the stand was reg­is­tered in its name un­der which all pay­ments for the stand to the Plumtree Town Coun­cil were made.

How­ever, the Full Bless­ing of God Apos­tolic Church is claim­ing that the stand in ques­tion was pur­chased as a joint ven­ture by the two churches.

In its state­ment, it said the two churches jointly bought sev­eral prop­er­ties, but the ar­range­ment has col­lapsed and there is a con­flict on how to equally share the prop­er­ties.

The church said it was not pre­pared to give up its premises.

The Sal­va­tion Army of the Twelve Apos­tles Church is be­ing rep­re­sented by Mr Prince But­she of Mathonsi Ncube Law Cham­bers while Full Bless­ing of God Apos­tolic Church is be­ing rep­re­sented by Mr Nor­man Man­gena of Cogh­lan and Welsh Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers. — @DubeMatutu

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