It is true that I married a younger woman: Fracas as church leader (64) marries teen congregant

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A GOSPEL of God Apostolic Church evangelist has defended his decision to marry a teenager despite the uproar it has caused among his flock.

The church is also known as Johanne Masowe yeSaturday.

Francis Elizara Nedewedzo (64) has taken a 17-year-old church member as his second wife.

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However, the union was not accepted by some church members at their recent gathering in Norton.

A picture of Nedewedzo, with the teenage girl, widely circulated on social media soon after his sermon on Saturday.

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It resulted in him taking action against the church member who posted it.

Nedewedzo told H-Metro that some senior church members were behind the individual who posted the picture on social media as a way of attacking him.

“It is true that I married a younger woman. She is not 17 as reported, but 19, uye imvana inotori nemwana wayo.

“My first wife passed away and I married another wife and this younger woman is my second wife.

“I married her some months ago, but our senior church members are the ones tarnishing me since I am the vice-chairperson of the church, evangelist as well as village head.”

He added:

“The person behind the posting of the picture has since apologised to church leaders and is now facing disciplinary measures.

“If he was not a relative, I could have taken legal action against him.

“Tinopinda kereke yaBaba Johanne Marange yeSaturday.

“I am the fourth senior church leader here in Zimbabwe, and that is why I am being attacked.

“I cannot divulge much, but it’s just church politics.”

The Hatfield mechanic and businessman said he is living peacefully with his wives, although it’s not a must for church members to have many wives.

“It is not church doctrine to have many wives, and it is not a sin to have many.

“We believe in growing membership through preaching the word not through birth.”

— HMetro


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