Businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei divides the Seventh Day Adventist church
The alleged corrupt and immoral behaviour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s controversial ally and tycoon Kudakwashe Tagwirei has ponderously divided the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church in Zimbabwe, leaving its grip on faith solely in the hands of the Almighty God, Nehanda Radio can exclusively reveal.
Tagwirei who is being regarded internationally as a ruling Zanu-PF oligarchy, corruptly winning government contracts worth billions, is being accused of exhibiting too much power by his own church. Investigations by Nehanda Radio established that the fuel mogul is forking out a lot of money sponsoring the SDA church in order to maintain his grip on power by getting his people influential positions.
Church leaders / members who spoke to Nehanda Radio on condition of anonymity highlighted that Tagwirei is now so powerful he decides who gets what positions at church offices especially at Harare based Union Office and Conferences.
The sources expressed that church members are afraid to talk about it for fear of victimisation. Investigations conducted by Nehanda Radio unearthed that Tagwirei is behind the construction of a multimillion state-of-the-art Harare City Centre Church HCCC in the CBD and some building materials and chairs etc are said to be imported.
Huge donations were also made to the SDA run Solusi University which is located outside Bulawayo, several Tagwirei companies donated with Track MD Innocent Mugwisi – another controversial HCCC elder who dumped his wife for his mistress -donating a car and fuels to the institution, all courtesy of “Elder” Tagwirei.
He is very untouchable. He acts like a demi-god in the church, making and declaring decisions on behalf of the whole church.
“He is basically cultivating the culture of corruption and immoral behaviour in the church. What worries us right now is the fact that the church leaders no longer have capacity to rebuke or censure him because they are benefiting.
“Imagine, several allegations of adultery, corruption and using the church for money laundering and illicit financing have been brought to the attention of the church leaders but they turn a deaf ear and blind eye to all of that,” the source lamented. I think he should just take his pastors form their own church and leave God’s church alone, added the source.
Against this background, two camps now exist in the church. Tagwirei’s church cartel comprises elders and pastors who directly benefit from him.
The other camp constitutes a brave group of church elders who are resistant to Tagwirei’s influence. They accuse him of taking other people’s wives and dining with the Zanu-PF regime, undermining democracy and looting public funds. To them, the Sakunda Holdings boss is not fit to be an elder in the church. They accuse Tagwirei of turning the HCCC into a “s.e.x haven”.
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The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has warned school heads they will be charged with an act of misconduct if they force parents and guardians to buy school uniforms from the schools’ preferred suppliers.
Some schools are reportedly exclusively supplying uniforms to their learners or forcing parents to buy them from their preferred suppliers who are presumably their associates. Learn more