Anglican Bishop, Gandiya holds cleansing ceremony

THE head of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA), Bishop Chad Gandiya, yesterday held a cleansing ceremony at the St Mary’s Cathedral in Harare following his takeover of all church properties that had been seized by his rival, Bishop Nolbert Kunonga.


According to church members, the cleansing ceremony, which consisted of burning incense and sprinkling holy water inside the church building, was meant to exorcise the building following reports that Kunonga and his followers had defiled the holy temples with some members allegedly fornicating inside the buildings.

Gandiya retained the church properties last month after the Supreme Court ruled in his favour, ending a five-year legal battle over ownership of the properties.

CPCA diocesan secretary Clifford Dzawo said they were going to carry out similar cleansing ceremonies throughout the country to make churches usable following their alleged defilement during the Kunonga era.

“We are going into all churches for cleansing as the churches had been turned into brothels when we were in exile,” said Dzawo.

“Kunonga had been made the custodian of the church by the court, but we want to thank the Lord because they have now understood that we are the rightful owners of the properties.

“The church has been rededicated to the Lord as we are now going to our rightful places of worship.

“Some places had been turned into crèches, receptions and bedrooms and were abused and now it (the cathedral) is now being used for the proper purpose it serves.”

27 Responses to Anglican Bishop, Gandiya holds cleansing ceremony

  1. Ruru December 17, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Mwari ngavakudzwe.

  2. ziwele December 17, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    praise be upon the lord

  3. Sonnette Musoni December 17, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Praise be to God almighty!

  4. John weku Mabvuku December 17, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Ko chanetsa ava vanhu chii? why not start a new church ? Churches behave exactly like cells, at some stage they break into two, We have politicised even the church…some of the reports are prepostrous, who would fornicate in such a building? Other reports are saying Baba Gandiya vakaonekwa ne mapositori usiku, others are saying vaiva neNánga!! Its all so very unbelievable.

    • kru da da da December 17, 2012 at 11:42 am #


    • L. Makombe December 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Why would Bishop Chad want to use mapositori nen’anga now, when God has delivered and won the battle. We in the CPCA do not believe in the mapositori because they their own religion. It is just a Roman Catholic believing in the Anlgican or Methodist, vice versa. If there is an Anlgican at whatever level who believes in other religions and n’angas, then that person is lost. One should believe in God only and not in human beings. CPCA does not believe in Gandiya, but believe in God.

    • Kunonga December 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Iwe john mai vako vanorarwa na kunonga here. yu are shit.

  5. Munetsi Munetsi December 17, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar

  6. Igwe December 17, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Which part of scripture are they using to qualify their cleansing ceremony? Are they saying the now gone Kunonga had some evil spirits that need cleaning? I am not very sure about to feel about this holly water issue.

    • L. Makombe December 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

      Inga wani kana ukapinda mumba mambenge muchigarwa nemumwe unomugeza wani. Uou only have to have entered the premises soon after Kunonga left to understand why the cleansing ceremony was held. Imba yaMwari kana yakange isisasevenzeswe as it is supposed to be used for, there is need to rededicate it to God. Why should a House of God be used as a bedroom. If you knwo your Bible refer to Solomon’s re dedication to the Lord in 2 Kings 18. You can only understand the Holy Water issue if you are an Anglican. In Zimbabwe some are used to mvura dzatinopiwa ne matombo acho, in the Anglican Church we are used to incense and Holy Water.

    • ISHMAEL CHIPANGO December 18, 2012 at 7:40 am #



  7. Samaita December 17, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Mwari ngavakudzwe.

  8. Tendi December 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Heeeeee-heeee ‘Mugabe is my Jesus’…..Heeee-heee ‘Commander of all Commanders’ ……heee ‘Mugabe must rule forever’

    Satan has always accomplished His purposes through men who worship other Human Beings as gods. Men like Kunonga who worship fellow human beings as Gods acquire powers that are themselves perishable.

    The case of Kunonga should a point of learning to those fools who will throw away their vote in the next elections!

  9. Mozi December 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    ======This is sweet victory to all Christians=====

    For five years the devil and Satanic ZANU-PF had taken over the church’s thrown and made it a point to defile God’s house with corruption and all sorts of sin. If you do not believe in God but worship Robert Mugabe as your Lord – STAY OUT OF GOD’S HOUSE!!!

    To Bishop Gandiya – guard jealously this victory and don’t relax because the devil does not forget. Sweep your house and keep it clean all the time so as to make it unattractive to the devil.

    To Kunonga – please repent now and move away from the devils scheming ways. The Vampiric ZANU-PF Party uses you and once they are done they leave you naked in full view of everyone. The Good Lord has the power to wash away every sin. Please humble yourself first.

    • samas December 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

      ndofunga kunonga anzwa varume muregerereiwo achazozviita futi akachera kakomba kake akapfira mate imomo achiti handichazozviita futi

  10. mandloe December 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    At last the church won the battle Praise the almighty the devil is a liar .

    • watuquex December 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      ndezvashe-e-e-e! hence praise Him & praise Him day in day out.

  11. Shendini December 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Bye bye Kunonga!!! Cry Mai Chisamba!!! Rejoice Anglicans!!!

  12. Tony Garande December 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    One point of correction on the story headline. Reporters should always be ethical and get correct facts. Bishop Chad Gandiya is definitely not the head of the Anglican Church Province of Central Africa [CPCA] whose head is Archbishop Chama based in CPCA’s headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. Bishop Gandiya is head of the Anglican Diocese of Harare which is an affiliate or branch of the CPCA. S o reporters please get your facts right before misleading your readers. Otherwise makorokoto to Bishop Gandiya and the Anglican Diocese of Harare.

  13. ishmael December 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    my house shall be called the house of prayer.kunonga and his gang were busy doing unevil things in the cathedral,he was zanu bishop.

  14. Kunonga December 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Kunonga chiuya unamate mwari chaiye kwete zvekufurirwa na robert.

  15. Sono December 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Christian church and African cleansing, whatever that is, are not compatible at all. What is this stupid bishop up to?

    • mudzidzisi December 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

      Sono what is african cleansing? when all churches are built, we dedicate them to the Lord, for particular religious purposes of worship. in that original dedication service we use incense, holy water and holy oil. because the buildings were for the last 5yrs, being used for urposes other than wat they were meant, there was need to redeicate and cleanse them. St Francis in waterfalls was used as a haven for prostitutes, others as creches, colleges and bedrooms. that warranted the cleansing. hakuna kuuya n’anga or tsikamutanda, but we used christian elements, christian personnel, and christian liturgy and prayers. kana usingazive shut up

  16. willard sibanda December 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    in fact he was authoring homosexual demons to take over from heterosexual spirits. its an act of appeasing homosexual spirits that had suffered loses at the hands of kunonga.

  17. Home and Garden Blog December 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

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  18. mwanawemundau December 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    every church has its own way of doing things so leave the anglicans clean their churches in any holy
    way they know.kunonga is devil and could have left zvimwe zvidhoma zvake imi mosvika mogara maka
    totambarara zvenyu.god is kunonga namai chisamba vako

  19. hammer February 20, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Say “thanks” you to your mothers and fathers that they gave you the planet

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