Evictions of Anglican priests begin in Zimbabwe

Evictions of Anglican priests begin in Zimbabwe

Anglican Communion News Service

August 16, 2011–An Anglican priest in Zimbabwe
and his family have been evicted from their home by priests loyal to
excommunicated bishop Dr Nolbert Kunonga. Others across the diocese have also
been ordered to leave.

The Revd Dzikamai Mudenda at Mabvuku, his wife and their extended
family, were forced to leave St James Mabvuku in Harare in the wake of a High
Court judgement that Dr Kunonga had interim custody of church properties.

Other priests living in parish rectories have received stamped copies of the High Court judgment from
supporters of Dr Kunonga who, in one case, were accompanied by the police. The
priests, including Friar Joshua from Bishop Gaul College, have all been told to
move out.

The Rt Revd Chad Gandiya, Bishop of Harare, said yesterday that alternative accommodation has been found
for Revd Mudenda and are preparing for the eviction of their other

“Our parishes are busy finding alternative accommodation for them,” he said. “We don’t know
who he is going to put in these houses. This is not going to be easy at all. It
will disrupt their family life and ministry. I have been busy this evening
getting in touch with my priests and encouraging them.”

A recent judgment in Zimbabwe’s High Court that upheld Bishop Chad appointment as Harare’s bishop also
gave Dr Kunonga custodianship of all church properties—ones that actually
belong to the Church of the Province of Central Africa.

“Kunonga was given custodianship of CPCA properties when he no longer a member of our church and
province and he is now evicting CPCA priests and we don’t know who he is going
to put in these houses. God help us.”

The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has been under attack from the excommunicated bishop, Dr Nolbert
Kunonga, since 2007. Kunonga, with the support of police and henchmen, has
seized CPCA church property and used violence and to break up church services.
In a recent media interview Dr Kunonga was quoted as saying he aimed to control
the 3,000 Anglican churches, schools, hospitals and other properties in
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi.



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