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Statement on latest court action to prevent return of Zimbabwe Anglicans to their churches

Posted on: December 4, 2012 12:00 AM

A statement from the Diocese of Harare, CPCA

Yesterday, Sunday 3 December 2012, a lot of our parishes held their Church services in their buildings, for the first time following the Supreme Court ruling on Monday 19 December 2012, where properties were restored to the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA).

Last Wednesday 28 November 2012, the ex-communicated Dr Nolbert Kunonga was evicted from the Cathedral, marking the end of an era for the controversial ex-Anglican bishop. He fought his way out as he unleashed a wave of violence against the Anglican Harare CPCA members, as the Deputy Sherriff Mr Nicholas Chakanyuka and his fellow Messengers’ Court enforced the Supreme Court order.

On 27 November 2012, the unrepentant Kunonga filed a fresh application in the High Court, this time admitting that the Anglican Province of Zimbabwe was the applicant against the CPCA, contrary to his assertions during the Supreme Court hearing on 22 October 2012.

In his application, filed by his lawyers, Kunonga wants the evictions currently underway from Anglican properties to be stopped, arguing that his 150 ‘priests’ would be rendered jobless if the evictions continued.

But Anglican CPCA, represented in the latest hearing into the urgent chamber application by lawyer Advocate Thabani Moyo, argues that Kunonga is abusing the court processes because he rejected the Province of Zimbabwe during the Supreme Court hearing. The matter is not urgent and should not be entertained, as it was settled by the Supreme Court.

The chamber hearing started today Tuesday 4 December 2012 before Justice Chiweshe and will continue tomorrow Wednesday 5 December 2012 at 10am.

We await the outcome in this latest application by Kunonga, who is desperate to remain in CPCA properties, yet he belongs to a different Church.