CHIVHU — Evicted teachers and staff members from two Anglican Church-run schools in Chivhu and Mhondoro are back at work following High Court and Education Ministry rulings in their favour.
Six teachers from Daramombe Secondary and Primary schools and five from St Mark’s in Mhondoro were this week reinstated following the nullification of their eviction by High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu last month.
Church of the Central Province of Africa Diocesan secretary Reverend Clifford Dzavo confirmed the development.
“The staff members who had been affected by the evictions are making their way back to school. By this week all of them should have gone back to work,” said Dzvavo.
“We only have to confirm with the primary school headmaster at Daramombe if he is prepared to come back. Otherwise the rest of the staff is back.”
The church’s ex-communicated leader Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, evicted through the Deputy Sheriff, both the primary and secondary school headmasters at Daramombe together with teachers and other support staff.
The eviction of the teachers saw the intervention of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture minister David Coltart who condemned the act saying it was detrimental to the development of education in the country.
He ordered an investigation which produced a damning report about Kunonga’s actions.
The High Court also nullified the eviction of 14 staffers at Daramombe Mission by Kunonga saying the move was illegal.
Bhunu in his judgment said: “The first and second respondents (Bishop Nolbert Kunonga and Bishop Kunyanye) be and are hereby ordered to stay eviction of all staff at Daramombe High School and Primary School pending determination of the final order . . . The first and second respondents shall not interfere with the respective staff operation at Daramombe High School, Primary School and clinic.”
“ . . . Any of the staff members who may have been removed, be reinstated in their previous occupation and workstations, pending determination of the final order,” he added.