The I’Odomey Conference, the highest legislative body of Musama Disco Christo Church (MDCC), has expressed worry about moves by certain people in authority to deepen the cracks within the church.
A statement issued by the General Secretary, Reverend Isaac Kwasi Bagyinah, at the end of the 7th session of the body at Mozano, the headquarters of the church, said a review of events over the past years had shown that persons in political and security authority were compounding the woes of the mission.
It said the MDCC was a registered religious organisation governed by a constitution.
The statement said the constitution defined Mozano as the headquarters of the church.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it has to be explained that Mozano is a settlement of the Musama Disco Christo Church and does not belong to any clan or family.
“The same constitution enjoins every member of the church to abide by laid down rules and regulations which, if violated, must attract disciplinary actions, including dismissal.
“Every Akaboha, the head of the church, is first and foremost a member of the church, and as a member, is subject to all provisions of the constitution,” it said.
The statement said it was for this reason that Prophet Miritaiah Jonah Jehu-Appiah, then Akaboha III and leader of the church, was initially suspended to permit investigations to take place in an issue that was sent to court on March 6, 2006.
It said the Swedru High Court, presided over by His Lordship Justice Senyo Dzamefe, found Prophet Jehu-Appiah guilty and subsequently declared him “lawfully and permanently removed from the position of the office of Akaboha from Friday, 14th February, 2003”.
On March 26, 2009 the Appeal Court, made up of Justices A. Asare Korang, F. Kusi-Appiah and V.D. Offoe, dismissed his appeal, thus confirming that he was no longer the head of MDCC.
Prophet Jehu-Appiah has once again appealed against the ruling and the matter is pending before the Supreme Court.
The statement said until the determination of the appeal at the Supreme Court, Prophet Jehu-Appiah remained permanently removed from the position of head of the MDCC.
It alleged that unfortunately, some persons in political and security authority continued to deal with him as leader of a faction of the MDCC.
The statement claimed that the faction was authorised by the Central Regional Police Command to forcibly enter the burial grounds of the founders of the church.
This, the conference noted, constituted the desecration of the pre-eminent graveyard of the church.
The statement claimed that the faction also forcibly entered the offices of the church and burned all documents.
“We have gone to this extent to feed the public and especially persons in political, security and judicial positions with the facts so that they would understand our situation.
We call on the police to remain neutral and thorough so as to maintain peace in Mozano and its environs,” the statement said.
The statement said as law-abiding citizens, the conference denied all claims of insecurity in Mozano.
“Let all well-meaning Ghanaians support the Musama Disco Christo Church in her fight against indiscipline, dictatorship and lies. Let us stick to the truth. For ‘it will set us free’ (John 8:32),” it said.
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