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Chitungwiza church crusades in houses infuriate residents

CHITUNGWIZA residents have expressed concern over the increasing number of churches that conduct their sermons in homes, disturbing their peace by making a lot of noise through singing and playing musical instruments.


Some of the churches use loud speakers in the homes, making it impossible for schoolchildren preparing for their final examinations to concentrate on their studies.
The churches are common in highly populated suburbs such as Zengeza, St Marys, Unit A, D, K, D and L — where the houses are barely two metres apart.

Tendai Chifamba of Zenge-za 2 said the churches were not only disturbing their peace, but also their social life.

“This situation is very upsetting, not all the people go to the same church, at least they have to make use of open spaces to conduct their crusades where they do not disturb the freedom of other people,” said Chifamba. “I am not against worshiping the Lord, but it has to be done in the appropriate way.”

A member of the Faith Family Church of Nations, Ngonidzashe Sande concurred with Chifamba, adding that churches must be stopped from conducting sermons in houses.

“Most churches are taking advantage of the fact that residents are not complaining or are not complaining enough,” said Sande. “We want people to preach the gospel but we must do so without infringing upon other people’s rights.”

Aaron Mutobvu of Unit H has resorted to sending his child to Unit B, about 800 metres away, to enable him to study whenever there is a crusade in the neighbourhood.

His child is sitting for his O’Level examinations.

“I have to do that, otherwise he will fail the tests,” he said. “They make a lot of noise to the extent that we cannot sleep whenever there is a crusade in the neighbourhood.”

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Social commentator, Rebecca Chisamba said most residents have now become too relaxed to the extent that they can do whatever they feel like doing.

“Nowadays it is so confusing, people just do what they think is good for them. Long back when one intended to have a party they had to seek police clearance first, but today it’s different,” she said. “Many people have turned their homesteads into theatres and they do not respect the rights of other people.”

Secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, Lindani Dube condemned the practise of conducting churches services in homes.

“Actually this is a very good observation, in Zimbabwe we do have the freedom of worship, expression and association, but this should be conducted in a proper place where everyone is comfortable with,” said Dube. “I think most churches are driven by the fact that there are few people out there so this is the reason why they use their homesteads. You don’t fish where there is no fish.”

But Onisimo Sasa of Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe Shiloh Assembly said it was a way of taking the gospel to the people.

“The gospel should be preached everywhere, and the churches are just taking the model that Jesus used, like teaching in market places where there are a lot of people,” said Sasa. “If we do not go to the community, people will not be saved.”

Chitungwiza Town Council public relations manager, Zephania Mandirahwe said the local authority would attend to any complaints by residents.

“As council, we entertain and act on complaints that are raised by residents in the town. It is therefore, up to residents affected or offended by the praise levels from their neighbourhood to take up such issues with the local council administrative centre office,” said Mandirahwe. “It may be immoral to come up with hard and fast rules on worshippers. He said worshippers are generally perceived and regarded as disciplined, in their own right

16 Responses to Chitungwiza church crusades in houses infuriate residents

  1. siza mhlobo wami October 28, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    hoo zva Mwari ndozvomoda kudzivisa komashabhini ne maparty anoitwa husiku hwese hamunyunyute wani

    • Taku November 4, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      Hazvina kurambidzwa ngazvive nehunhu. Using big speakers fit for a stadium uchiparidzira vanhu gumi makagara paspace shoma yasiiwa nemba on a 300 square meter stand is preposterous, down right evil. aripanext door otoda loudspeaker kuti atambidzwe salt patable because of you.

  2. MunhuWashe October 28, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Zephania Mandirahwe, chenjera kuzvidzinga nokurambidza Shoko ra Jehova kuti riziviswe vanhu. Haungakundi

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  5. mascara October 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    what is wrong with you,editor?you must live with the fact that not all of us believe in GOD; that we are not rapists,thieves and murderers as a result.And in your wisdom you wrote this piece and here l am commenting and there you are censoring.I suppose you moonlight as one of these prophets for profit too.What a shame,’independent media’ wont take independent opinion.

  6. wezhira October 29, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Shoko ngarinzikwe nemonhu wese, zvisinei kuti raparidzwa papi.

  7. lee October 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    munhu haamanikidzwe kunwa shoko raasingade kunzwa period..ko kana ndiri mumuslim.. from a planning perspective hakuna mutemo unoti munhu anongita church pamba pake especially wen using those big PA systems.thts why in planning some areas are reserved for churches and some for commercial etc etc

  8. Habhraghadhabhura October 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    65 decibels here varume????

  9. Mutobvu November 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    The issue here is about excessive noise levels in residential areas & not whether there is God or not. Wanton use of P.A systems by churches & bars must be banned as P.As are meant for enclosed far away places like stadiums. Noise has nothing to do with God, be it Bar music noise, ora circular church’s noisy P.A system. Ko kare vanhu vainamata zvakatotsigawo wani kusati kwane ma P.A system?

  10. Ruzha mu Dzimba November 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Honestly,how can you have a church congregation with a noisy pastor shouting at people who are sitting within 20m of him using PA system & have houses 5 metres from the church gathering. That is abuse of neighbours. No wonder why nobody wants to be allocated a residential stand in the peripheries because you may never know what might be put up next to your house.

  11. Tranquility November 4, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    That is why in Zimbabwe, people have learnt that you can get way with anything when you use the following words ‘ prophet , gospel , spirit , annointed & miracle’ for anything you do. Your actions will not be questioned even if you abuse, rape or steal. These words are now used to instill fear into people & abuse them. The council spokesperson , Mr Mandirahwe’s statement above bears testimony to how the populace perceive actions of ‘worshippers’ and him, as a learned person of Authority has to know better so as to protect citizens from abuse which is what his job calls for.

    For Mr Mandirahwe’s enlightment, the constitution confers to us religious freedom , and the definition of religion is not only limited to the church. Religion simply means a belief system, i.e whatever you believe in. If you believe in Jah , then Rastafarianism is your religion etc. In this regard , it is therefore an offence to infringe on another person’s religious rights either at the work place, homes or in other public places. For example , playing Makandiwa’s discs at work and disturbing the peace constitutes an infringement on your workmates’s religious rights & their right to a peaceful working environment (as long as the workmate next to you is forced to hear what you are playing). To Lindani Dube & Sasa ‘s statements, i say to you, how would they like it if those who believe in spirit mediums were to play mbira music & sing dzimbo dzemashavi using PA systems all night as their next door neighbours at their homes, as a way of exalting their own religious beliefs. They will definitely not like it & label the neighbbour as evil, which shows how prejudiced their own relgious beliefs are.

  12. Innocent November 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    kuzoitawo tunharo tusina maturo. mabig speakers, big volumes murokesheni here? ndiyo love your neighbour yacho here?.dai muchizogona kuratidza nemabasa taiti! muverenge parable of the sower muinzwisise.hazvidi big volume kuti munhu anzwisise zvirikutaurwa.

  13. zeno November 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I live in Hatfield, the story is not in High Density areas only. There is a church about 500m away. Vakanga kuridza magitare, you can’t sleep. I struggle when I have my long night shifts, I just have to sleep in afternoon. I have resorted sleeping at my sister’s in Msasa Park when doing shifts. It’s just unfair, I bought the house to live in peace, now this church comes and uses a house as a place of worship. I am a cristian but this is just not acceptable.

  14. Prophet Joboringo November 6, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Ko mapostori,some of them who command crowds as big as people who go to glance at Makandiwa (go to Coca-cola) vanonzwana wani pagungano ravo without using those big obscene PA systems. Mapostori ane problem havo sehohwa kungonamatira pese-pese but i commend them for not abusing residents by using PA systems.

  15. parapinda November 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    avo vakuru vekanzuru vanotiregerera mhani,batai vanhu vanongoita chechi pavadira nemudzimba. Being a christian doesnt mean u r special than others. We r all God’s children n we all deserve peace n quiet in our homes.

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