Reverend Cossum Chiangwa of AFM allegedly hired security guards to fire gunshots at the Reverend Amon Madawo-led group in a bid to take over the house of ownership in Marlborough.


The attack came following last week’s High Court judgement which ruled against Reverend Chiangwa, in favour of Reverend Madawo.


The shooting occurred at night after security guards aligned to Madawo had resisted attempts by Chiangwa’s security men to take over control of the premise.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident adding that investigations are in progress.


He also said representatives of both church factions had made counter-reports to the police.


“Police are investigating the matter. The problem started when the Chiangwa faction hired a security company (name supplied) to guard the premises in Marlborough and they found that there was another security company (name supplied) hired by the Madawo faction. The Chiangwa security guards tried to enter the premises and they were dispersed by dogs.


“After that, the Chiangwa faction’s security guards phoned their command section which deployed reinforcements. One of these reinforcements fired the shots. The case of assault was reported to Marlborough Police Station by the Chiangwa guards and the Madawo faction’s security guards also made a counter report of the shooting. This is the case the police are investigating and all is emanating from the church fights,” he said.