By Senior Reporter
Disgraced pastor and Government critic Dr Shingi Munyeza has resigned and stepped down as pastor at the Faith Ministries Church after he was exposed by his daughter, Nomsa, for being a cheat.
The resignation of Munyeza was confirmed by Elders of his church who issued a statement confirming that Dr Munyeza had cheated on his wife, an act that is not in line with the portfolio of a pastor.
“We want to announce to you that sometime towards the end of last year, Dr Munyeza who is the pastor of BCC fell into sin of moral failure with a lady. Consequence to that we were able to bring the issues to his attention and he accepted responsibility and accepted a journey of being walked with. Subsequently ,Dr Munyeza has stepped down as pastor of BCC .This is in line with God’s standards that we follow as a Ministry and are accepted of the Word of God,” reads the statement from Faith Ministries.
Munyeza also issued a statement announcing his resignation and he admitted to having failed his wife Wilma and said he was stepping down to allow himself time to introspect.
“Recently, I allowed myself into a situation where I fell morally. I failed my wife and family, I failed the church that I am part of.
I, therefore, seek your forgiveness. I’m stepping down to introspect and be restored. I covet your prayers and support. God bless you all,” said Munyeza in a statement.
Although Munyeza didn’t reveal the nature of his moral failure, his daughter Nomsa blew it to the world that Munyeza cheated on his wife and subsequently abandoned his duties as a father.
Munyeza’s cheating scandal blew in his face on social media after his daughter Nomsa responded to Munyeza’s anniversary message by telling her father that he is a cheat and an evil man.
Munyeza is not the first pastor and Government critic to resign because of infidelity.
In July 2007, Roman Catholic Bishop Pius Ncube’s world collapsed around him on the back of adultery allegations after he was caught on camera bedding a then married Rosemary Sibanda (who is now late).
In the ensuing media frenzy, the then Archbishop of Bulawayo, Ncube resigned and left the country for The Vatican purportedly “to grow spiritually”.
Political analyst Mr Tashinga Chabayanzara said it was expected that Munyeza will fall one day considering that he had abandoned the duties of the pulpit and became an opposition political activist masquerading as a pastor.
“What happened to Munyeza was expected. Munyeza has of late been critical of the Government, warning in video sermons that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Government will be removed from power by a “revolution”. He spoke and acted like the disgraced Pius Ncube and it was not surprising to hear that he was caught pants down. We want to respect our pastors but how can we respect people who oppose the same Government they are supposed to advise and went on to bed congregants.
“We expect religious leaders to be unifying and rallying people’s hopes and not to preach hate and prejudiced diatribes. What Munyeza was spewing in his sermons was eccentric and divisive heresy. Very few people will sympathize with him now,” said Chabayanzara.
Over the years, Munyeza who is also a businessman and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC), has been linked with various women that included musicians and radio presenters.