Paul Mwazha, commonly known as “Mutumwa,” is a highly respected Zimbabwean clergyman and the visionary founder of the African Apostolic Church. His life, filled with spiritual leadership, led to the establishment of a religious movement that garnered a global following exceeding seven million believers.
Age and Date of Birth
Born on October 25, 1918, Paul Mwazha is currently 105 years old as of 2023.
Early Life and Education
At the tender age of 11, Mwazha embarked on Roman Catholic Catechism classes. Later, he transitioned to a Methodist school, ultimately becoming a teacher. His early years were shaped by Roman Catholicism, and his affiliation with the Methodist Church paved the way for the establishment of the African Apostolic Church after a profound spiritual revival in 1953.
Mwazha’s commitment to spiritual principles and modest living is evident, notably symbolized by his decision to maintain an untrimmed beard for over fifty years. Despite the substantial growth of his church, recent controversies surrounding succession have cast a shadow on the future leadership of the African Apostolic Church.
In April 2017, Paul Mwazha’s wife, Joyce Makaonesu Mwazha, passed away, leaving behind Mr. Mwazha, their five children, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Parentage and Name Origins
Originally named Mamvura by his mother Saramina, a Catholic baptism conducted by Father Schmidt led to his christening as Paul.
Paul Mwazha is a father to seven children, including prominent figures such as Dr. Masimba Mwazha and Tendai.
Founding the African Apostolic Church
Inspired by a spiritual revival in 1953, Mwazha founded the African Apostolic Church, fostering interdenominational prayer sessions and spiritual healing.
Leadership and Global Influence
With a leadership spanning over six decades, Mwazha has guided a following of over seven million congregants worldwide through the African Apostolic Church.
As Mwazha advanced in age, a succession dispute arose among his children, causing internal conflicts over leadership within the African Apostolic Church.
The succession dispute fragmented the church’s leadership, pitting various factions against each other, challenging the unity and stability established during Mwazha’s tenure.
The succession conflicts led to legal battles within the church, involving court interventions to resolve disputes regarding the rightful successor to Mwazha’s leadership.
Impact on Congregation
The controversies surrounding leadership succession caused uncertainty among the congregants, raising concerns about the church’s future and its ability to maintain unity and spiritual guidance.
Achievements and Legacy
Paul Mwazha’s tenure as a spiritual leader spans over six decades, significantly influencing millions worldwide through the African Apostolic Church, and leaving a lasting legacy.
- The Herald – Mutumwa Mwazha’s wife dies by Date: April 10, 2017
- The Herald – ‘Give us a signal Mwazha’ by Isdore Guvamombe, Date: May 10, 2020
- iHarare – Paul Mwazha turns 105, Date: October 26, 2023
- The Standard – Peace returns to Domboshava, Date: November 11, 2012
- The ManicaPost – Paul Mwazha and testimonies by Ray Bande, Date: June 19, 2015