Kunonga priests defiant

PRIESTS loyal to excommunicated Anglican bishop Nolbert Kunonga were yesterday still refusing to hand over Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) properties and now face the prospect of embarrassing evictions.

Report by Our Staff Reporters

Kunonga’s loyalists were ordered to vacate the properties on Monday after the Supreme Court overturned a High Court ruling giving the Zanu PF-linked clergyman control over CPCA properties.

The Anglican Church led by Bishop Chad Gandiya had given the group five days to vacate the properties and the ultimatum expired yesterday amid indications that it was largely ignored.

CPCA’s Harare Diocese secretary Clifford Dzavo said they were now left with no choice, but to forcibly evict those resisting the peaceful transfer of the properties.

“We could conclude that it is a resistance because most of the houses are not yet vacant,” he told NewsDay.

Gandiya’s faction regained control of an estimated 80 Anglican Church buildings, nine secondary and 10 primary schools, an early learning centre and an orphanage following a bruising five-year court battle.

Harare Diocese covers Mashonaland East, West, Central and Greater Harare.

“Although we had given them a week to vacate the properties, they should have started moving,” Dzavo said.

“There are only two parishes which are now vacant, which are St Peter’s Mabelreign and St Phillip’s Guruve.

“If by tomorrow (today) they are still not yet out, it will be resistance and that will mean us taking the root of applying for eviction orders through our lawyers.

“For now, we are concerned about the residences of the priests.

“A few parishes are gaining access to the churches with no problem for their mid-week services and these are St Luke’s in Mufakose, St Mary’s Avondale, St Peter’s Mabelreign and St James’ in Norton.

“We are not much in a rush with mission schools because it is still during the school term and it is a crucial time where students write their national examinations.

“We would not want to disturb them at this moment, so we will deal with the missions when the schools close.”

Both Kunonga’s adviser Reverend Admire Chisango and lawyer Charles Nyika could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Addressing a Press conference in Harare on Wednesday, Gandiya accused Kunonga and his followers of defiling church properties by conducting immoral activities.

He said he would carry out cleansing ceremonies at all the buildings, starting with Harare Cathedral on December 16.

Gandiya also threatened to have Kunonga and his followers arrested over outstanding debts and missing property.

Meanwhile, Dzavo said investigations had established that Kunonga had not personally occupied the two official residences for the church’s bishop located in Chisipite and Greendale.

The houses, he said, were occupied by people whom they suspected to be the expelled bishop’s relatives.

“We are expecting them to move out of there quickly to give way for Bishop Gandiya,” said Dzavo.

He said they would enlist the services of the police in the event the illegal occupants resisted the evictions.

Dzavo said Kunonga’s faction had, on the strength of earlier court judgments, taken over administration of the properties including collecting fees from schools run by the church to sponsor diocesan activities.

“They were collecting school fees to fund their diocesan operations,” he said.

Kunonga fell out with the main Anglican Church after he declined to denounce President Robert Mugabe’s government’s alleged human rights abuses.

In 2008, he was officially excommunicated from the Anglican Church, stripping him of all recognition as a cleric within the global Anglican communion.

Kunonga nevertheless formed his own Province of Zimbabwe where he installed himself archbishop.

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  1. sturbon people,they want to be evicted by police.the courts made it clear that they are not cpca members,so they must vacate.

    1. The Pharisees turned to Roman authority to effect the arrest, trial and execution of Jesus, who as the Son of God, took human form so all sins may be forgiven. Now Gandiya turns to the ZRP to evict misguided believers, offering none of the forgiveness that underpins the faith he professes. Go back to Jesus’ basics you Roman-Dutch court-in-Harare victors; kneel and seek guidance. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

      1. So are you implying that Kunonga is Jesus! What utter rubbish and we will not even classify it as blasphemy. You Ken are living in a fantasy world. C.P.C.A. resides in Zimbabwe and abides by Zimbabwean Laws, that is why they left those premises in the first place when as read from the judgement passed by Justices Omerjee & Ziyambi, “The learned Judge, Justice Hlatshwayo had misdirected himself in giving Kunonga and his followers Church property that does not belong to them.” It is people like you, who would rather let Zimbabwe have chaos to prove a point. Well done Bishop Gandiya for working with the custodians of Law & Order in Zimbabwe, the ZRP to make sure that this painful process of evicting the squatters is orderly carried out. C.P.C.A. will never have it an other way, but the legal one. Bravo C.P.C.A. for being law abiding citizens of The Republic Of Zimbabwe.

      2. Good observation, Ken!

      3. kunonga cannot and should not be placed in the same conversation with the name Jesus, God, Christ or Christian. he is the antithesis of all these

  2. kufa kwemujoni kambani haivharwi.rovai pasi vakomana

  3. The guys wanted to fast-track the church forgetting that the only thing that can be fast- tracked is the land, a game started by Cecil John Rhodes and improved by ourselves

  4. chipangano is telling them to resist . ask amos and tendai the godfathers.

  5. Court may have found that Kunonga resigned CPCA, and it seems directed that assets belong to CPCA. Would it not follow that assets including priests and parishioners belong to CPCA, worthy of the cleansing Gandiya plans. What is Christ’s example when dealing with perceived wrong doers. With Anglican Church so bereft of Spiritual cause from founding day till today, it behoves these locals to deeply reflect on the challenge ahead of them and plan with sombre humility. No victors here.

    1. The Anglican church has soiled its name with this saga and is currently neck deep in ordure. What the flock need now is forgiveness and healing. Being vindicitive should not form any part of this script. Kunonga is out of the picture let the church in Zimbabwe take its rightful place.With our national election upon us bringing with it hurrying fear and rather cold apprehension visiting the land, to ensure that we pass this phase “nyama nemweya zviri pamwechete” we will need everyone’s prayers and the Anglcan church occupies a giant space here.

      As for those who are resisting to move, surely how long do they think they can carry on breaking the law in this fashion? Are they not even ashamed of themselves? Bishop Gandiya should keep holding the olive branch out to these lost folk as he needs to show he is not out to settle scores but to move the church forward and indeed the country at large. A lot of spiritual productive time has been lost as it is.

    2. Iwe Ken. Since the day of the judgement, Bishop Gandiya has left open the door to those ex-Kunonga people who have repented to come back to the main church and its not like these people were not given time to leave. Gandiya and co have acted in a Christian way.

  6. Dear editor, we know on whose payroll u are on. Propaganda can only deceive those who are not analytical. The truth of the matter is that Kunonga single handedly excommunicated himself from CPCA and formed his own church of Zimbabwe. Wakapihwa mariiko!

  7. Vanhu takakuwudzai isu vapositori varipagira jena nyika ino yakadiwa na mwari baba kunonga enda kumasowe munamate mwari anemi maramba ishe wangu kunamata nengochani see me ndikubatsirei pamweya tibatsirane pachiri pedyo midhuri handiko kunamat

    1. Ibvapo iwe Mark! Iye akakuudzawo kuti pasi pemuti ndipo pega panowanikwa Mwari ndiani? Unoverenga here Bhaibheri racho zvaunongotaura zvausingazive! Siya munhu anamatire paanonzwa kuti ndipo paanosangana naMwari, that is why there is not only Freedom of Worship but Freedom of Association in Zimbabwe. Fungai musati mashama hama.

    2. Mariko or Marko. . . une nhema chete. . self-ordained mupostori.

  8. Confused Zimbabweans still living in the Past.

  9. Mr Kunonga. I understand you know very well that you have lost. If you are a true Christian its better you talk to your so called Priests and leave our premises nicely without fight. We do not want to fight you cause we are people of peace.

    Fambai henyu zvakanaka mutisiyewo tinamate takasununguka

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