The Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA), led by Bishop Chad Gandiya, has vowed to defy excommunicated rival Nolbert Kunonga who has seized most of their properties by building new churches.
Kunonga recently threatened to grab the new properties being constructed by the Gandiya-led faction.
“Kunonga does not own anything in the Anglican Church and he remains the custodian till the case is resolved at the Supreme Court,” Gandiya told NewsDay yesterday.
His faction is set to build three churches in Norton and so far the town council has approved one stand.
Gandiya, whose temporary headquarters are in Avondale, Harare, said their following in Norton was huge, which was why they were constructing three churches.
“We have three congregations in Norton, that is why we are planning to build more churches there,” said Gandiya.
“We have precautionary measures set in place such that Kunonga does not take control of the things we are building now,” he said.
He said the case, currently before the Supreme Court, was likely to be heard next month and he was optimistic of winning it.
“We are hopeful that justice will be done and this issue is not about property, but it is about legitimacy,” said Gandiya.
The rector in charge of Norton Stephen Mutenga said a musical show to be graced by top gospel couple Olivia and Charles Charamba has been lined up to raise funds for building the church in Katanga.