THE late founder of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) of Portland Oregon, Reverend Morgan Sengwayo’s youngest son, Missiondom succumbed to injuries sustained following a brutal attack by thugs at a church house in Pelandaba suburb in Bulawayo.
The Chronicle reports that Missiondom was the only surviving son of the late Rev Sengwayo who died in 1982.
He died on Sunday evening at United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) where he had been on a weeklong life support following the attack.
The church popularly known as Ivangeli was founded by Missiondom’s father in 1955.
Family spokesperson Dr. Rayban Sengwayo said Missiondom (46) was found at his house in Pelandaba with severe head injuries and bruises all over the body about a week ago. He had been attacked the night before and left for dead and they took him to UBH where he had been in a coma since.
Dr. Sengwayo alleged that Missiondom was a victim of infighting in the church.
“We are not sure what happened but police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his killing. What we know is that there has been some long-standing rivalry between Missiondom and some church members aligned to a rival faction who didn’t want him to stay at the church house,” he said.
Spokesperson of the rival faction Mr. Caleb Fefe Chidhakwa said Missiondom had turned into a nuisance.
“Missiondom was a drug addict and abused alcohol such that he would vandalise church property. He would come home at night and find the gate locked and then jump over the precast wall,” he said.
He added that as a church, they would take him to Ingutsheni Central Hospital for rehabilitation but his relatives would go and fetch him.
Chidhakwa also alleged that Missiondom was being used by the rival camp to cause chaos within their camp.
The church has, since the death of Rev Sengwayo, been plagued by numerous divisions which resulted in several splinter groups.
The publication also reports that contacted for comment, Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube and the AFM of Portland Oregon’s regional superintendent Rev Oniyas Gumbo both said they were yet to get detailed information.