Commotion today reigned at Chipata Main Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) when some members were physically thrown out of the church by some self proclaimed church leadership.
The two opposing sides were accusing each other of not operating in line with the doctrines of the church.
Confusion started when one group which was allegedly recently elected into the leadership of the church accused the out-going office bearers of refusing to step down following the elections.
The faction which claims to have been legally elected by the church threw out some of the out-going office bearers whom they accused of opposing the newly elected office bearers.
Speaking to Zambia News and Information Services crew that rushed to the scene, Communications Secretary Asafu Lungu said some members were thrown out of the church because of being arrogant in following the church constitution.
Mr. Lungu said problems started last year when an opposing faction was formed which conducted church services contrary to the churches doctrine.
He said problems arose because the opposing faction did not recognize the current leadership which was duly elected by the church members.
Mr. Lungu said elected faction manhandled the other group for their arrogance and lack of recognition of dully elected leadership.
He charged that the move was intended to bring sanity to the congregation.
But Stewardship Leader Jim Phiri expressed sadness at what happenings at the church.