MUTARE-based Evangelical Anglican Church International (EACI) Bishop, Elson Jakazi, has been stripped of his church post for alleged misconduct.
BY CLAYTON MASEKESA
Jakazi is a former ally of ex-communicated Harare Bishop of the Anglican Church of Central Africa, Nolbert Kunonga.
Last week, the church’s national court presided over by Bishop Phillip Bonde met in Mutare and found Jakazi guilty of committing various acts of misconduct which were allegedly corroborated by 11 witnesses.
In his judgment, Bonde said: “After a careful consideration of all the evidence presented before the court, members unanimously agreed that Bishop Elson Madoda Jakazi had committed the acts of misconduct. Thus, he is found guilty as charged on all the offenses.”
“Therefore Bishop Elson Madoda Jakazi is removed from office as Bishop of the Evangelical Anglican Church International with immediate effect.”
Jakazi was also barred from addressing, preaching and interfering with the affairs and activities of any EACI assemblies with immediate effect.
“He is ordered to surrender any assets, property and documents that belong to the church and immediately vacate the office at No. 29 2nd street, Mutare and hand over the keys to the administrator.”
The church found Jakazi guilty of seeking to block and later boycotting the church’s national conference held on October 30 and 31 this year.
He was also convicted for interfering with decisions of various church commissions, culminating in their failure to properly carry out their responsibilities.
Some of the charges include contravening the church’s constitution, general neglect of duties after admonition by a legally constituted body and exercising veto powers on resolutions of the national council.
Jakazi could not be reached for comment yesterday.