MASVINGO – Rev Ntobeko Mhlanga, the leader and founder of Glory Temple Ministries, a popular and famous church established three years ago in Masvingo has landed on hard times.
He now travels around on public transport after selling all his flashy cars and is also facing serious difficulties in paying rent for the building that houses the church in the CBD.
The church had spread so quickly that it now has 25 branches throughout the country.
Mhlanga described by some as an ‘electrifying’ preacher confirmed the situation in an interview with a Mirror crew conducted from his house in the leafy suburb of Rhodhene in Masvingo on Tuesday evening. He attributed the church’s demise to in-fights among the church leaders.
He dismissed reports doing the rounds that he has been suspended from the church for 15 months because of a sex scandal with a young church member although he confirmed the illicit affair which he said happened last year.
He said that he had since confessed and apologized to the flock for the error. The reports had indicated that Pastor Costery Mashawi is the acting leader at the church.
Mhlanga also dismissed reports that he was recently seen either in Beitbridge or South Africa with the named girl.
“There is serious infighting in the church especially among the top leadership. I may soon kindly request some of the leaders to leave and form their own churches as they are spreading malicious rumours about me and the church which I worked so hard to establish,” said Mhlanga.
He said that many people left the church and payment of tithes and other financial obligations suffered a big knock after The Mirror exposed the said sex scandal last year. He said that a project to buy a garage at Mucheke Rank suffered still birth after a Mirror column allegedly linked him to the scandal.
“We had pledges of $80 000 for the Shushine garage at Mucheke Rank but church members stopped paying after your paper reported the illicit affair. I confessed the affair and apologized to the church and I never went back to the girl,” said Mhlanga.
Glory Temple International broke away from Bulawayo domiciled Harvest House International.