Dear readers, below is an open letter by recently resigned Envoy and Board Member Sam Matema .
I have been following the blog from the early days having been alerted by a friend from the United Methodist Church in Harare who once worked with Dr Masocha at the Auditor General’s office. Ever since, AFANMI has been in the dock for more than four months now. The tragedy is that the AFANMI leadership, out of their wisdom or lack of it, chose not to issue a statement as is normal procedure with basic crisis management.
A mere mortal like me cannot claim to be a barometer of perfection. I have my own imperfections and I stand to be corrected since I am merely giving an opinion. However, I want in this submission to challenge the leadership in Agape to hold up a mirror and critique the reflection thereof. The Pay-off line for AFANMI is ‘Finding the lost and equipping the found’. From the foregoing Agape is on trial for failing to live up to that promise.
Let me refer to the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 5 (the 10 commandments) as my point of departure. How did Agape fare over the years and how is it faring now on these basic tenets?
(a) Verse 9 – “You shall not bow down to the (gods) or worship them”. Agape we celebrate and glorify Dr Walter Masocha. See how saints bow before him and how people throw their jackets so he can walk on them.
Agape vision – Was there ever a vision or it was a brilliant business idea? Why is it that there is no transparency around church funds? Everyone in the ministry is a stakeholder and has the right to see how the church funds are being used. When we say we deserve to know what became of the church money between 2007 and 2008, leadership should lend us their ear. According to accounts filed with the Scottish Charities Commission, we raised upwards of $4,800,000.00 between 2009 and 2013. These figures are understated big time because they don’t take into account revenue generated from promotional activities. How then do you explain the fact that the ministry up to late last year did not own anything? The last minute rush to pay 200 000 British Pounds late last year was a direct consequence of the abuse of church funds that was exposed on the blog. Why is the leadership not warming up to the idea of an independent board that directs policy and play an oversight role? Why is the leadership not warming up to the idea of amending or re-writing the church constitution that is so defective as it protects an individual called Walter Masocha and not the ministry? All the challenges that we face in the ministry can easily be traced back to a defective constitution. Unless we make the amending or re-writing of the church constitution a priority, then we will be building a bridge to nowhere. We all have a responsibility as a collective to right all the wrongs. We cannot blame it on anyone but ourselves. I always say you cannot blame your dry lips on the Hamattan winds when you can lick them. Let’s debate.