Anglican Church elders in Gweru are reportedly embroiled in a bitter fight for the control of $1 000 which the church recently received as a donation.
The money was said to have been donated by former Midlands Governor, Dr Cephas Msipa’s family as
a token of appreciation to the Anglican Church women for their role in consoling the family through singing at the funeral of Mrs Charlotte Msipa.
The Msipa family also donated the same amount of cash to the Salvation Army Church and Church of Christ. The cash was handed over to the churches at Mrs Msipa’s memorial service last week.
“There is now war within the Anglican Church between the women and the church elders. The church elders are arguing that the money was donated to the church while the women are insisting that the money was not donated to the church but to them,” said one member from the Anglican Church.
The church official said there was commotion during church service on Sunday when a group of women threatened to walk out of the church after the church elders announced that the money belonged to the church.
“Proceedings were briefly disrupted after a group of women in the church groaned and jeered the church elder who announced that the money was donated to the church. The disgruntled church women later visited former Midlands Governor, Dr Msipa, to lodge a complaint after their elders insisted that the money belonged to the church,” said the church member.
Dr Msipa yesterday confirmed that a group of women from the Anglican Church approached him to seek clarity over the cash donation.
“Yes, a group of women from the Anglican Church approached me yesterday (Wednesday) seeking clarity on the money we donated. I then explained to them that the money was specifically for the women in that church and not for the church.
The donation was a token of appreciation for what these women from various churches did in assisting us at the funeral of my late wife. My wife was a Christian and would go to church every time while encouraging women to be self-reliant. We then donated money to the women belonging to the Church of Christ, Salvation Army and the Anglican so that the women in those churches may embark on some self-help projects. This was our small way of remembering my wife’s legacy,” he said.
Cde Msipa said he has since written a formal letter to the Anglican Church to inform the elders that the money was specifically for the women of that church.