Defiant Kunonga refuses to vacate Anglican Cathedral

Up to his old tricks, Nolbert Kunonga

By Tererai Karimakwenda
28 November, 2012

There was drama in Harare on Wednesday after the breakaway Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, and his supporters, refused to vacate the main Anglican Cathedral in Harare, ignoring a Supreme Court ruling.

Police have refused to intervene and the premises are being guarded by the ZANU PF aligned Chipangano gang from Mbare. The gang assaulted security guards that had been posted by the Harare Bishop Chad Gandiya’s main church.

SW Radio Africa correspondent Simon Muchemwa said a child suffered a broken arm while trying to escape when the Chipangano thugs arrived. A security guard was also injured but it is not clear how serious his condition is.

Muchemwa said Kunonga had watched the deputy sheriff break the locks and remove his furniture from buildings at the Cathedral this morning, without any resistance. He also cooperated with clergy from Gandiya’s church.

The ex-communicated Bishop had up until 4 P.M. Tuesday to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, which ordered him and his supporters to vacate the Anglican Church properties that he had seized since he split from the main church in 2007. The court ruling also confirmed Gandiya as the Bishop of Harare.

But Kunonga reportedly filed an urgent application at the High Court on Tuesday, in an attempt to block the evictions. Lawyers from both sides were said to be battling it out at the High Court on Wednesday.
According to the Daily News, the renegade Bishop dismissed the 4pm deadline during a telephone interview. Kunonga was quoted as saying: “What do they have? Can they shoot us with guns? No, they can’t.” before hanging up the line.

Last week, in a surprise ruling, the main church won its Supreme Court battle to regain control of all Anglican Church properties, and to have it acknowledged that Bishop Chad Gandiya is the legitimate Bishop of Harare.
The court said Kunonga had resigned and started his own Church Province of Zimbabwe, therefore giving up the right to own any church property.

The main church immediately engaged the Messenger of Court and issued eviction notices to Kunonga, giving him 48 hours to vacate Anglican buildings. The deadline passed on Tuesday at 4pm and Kunonga is legally in “contempt of court” and liable to arrest.

But the police have supported Kunonga for the five years since he split from the Anglican Church. Our correspondent said police are now refusing to assist the Anglicans in removing the Chipangno thugs from the Cathedral premises.

It’s also been reported that violence broke out in Manicaland on Tuesday, when Kunonga loyalists refused to vacate the church buildings they were occupying.



18 Responsesto “Defiant Kunonga refuses to vacate Anglican Cathedral”

  1. Tora Bora says:

    Kunonga is not only an evil man, he’s an idiot of the highest order. The police must carry out thrir duty without fear or favour. They must evict these unlawful wannabe Anglicans. There is a supreme court ruling in place and Kunonga and the moronic Chipangano are in contempt.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This just goes to show how Mugabe and his Zanu -pf have reduced Zimbabwe into a lawless country, were court judgements are respected by some and others no.Law of the jungle exist in Mugabeland.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      The question I posed which no one has answered satisfactorily has been ‘kana akabva anoendepi’. Will the bishop be compensated for all the years he has worked in the Anglican Church as one of its top bishops and if so how much is it? What does his contract say with his former Church? As members of the public we do not know much. As members of the public we are good at speculating and more often in a biased fashion. Let us be objective for once and take a different approach to this problem. I argue my case as follows and I do not pretend to have answers to the problem.

      Here is a man who has worked all his life for the good of the Church and can not just be thrown out of the window like that. There should be some form of compensation which should be openly discussed with the bishop which should then be made known to members of the public. Obviously the bishop is not a fool and knows what he wants out of the relationship he had with the Anglican Church. And this has nothing to do with Mugabe or ZANU PF as he never worked or was employed by this political party. All that is needed are sincere, genuine and sensible people to resolve this problem amicably for I sense that Bishop Kunonga is not about to go anywhere before he gets what he believes he is entitled as one of the former top Bishops of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. He is obviously a very bitter man who now needs help from his former Church for him to go amicably and perhaps look after his goats and cattle at his farm. We all know the man is finished or is mince meat but all the needs is ‘real money’ to go quietly.

      • Anonymous says:

        The church doesn’t operate like a private company.Kunonga when he joined priesthood he knew that when he leaves,he goes like that and many bishops before him have just gone and the church continues and doesn’t belong to an individual.So Kunonga was using his Zanu-pf connection to refuse with church property and he had all the support of Chihuri and his police force and even the Zanu-pf judges were siding with him and even a small child can see that there was a Zanu-pf hand in all that was happening,so I don’t know which country you live in.

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          Thank you for the contribution. It now makes a bit of sense to me because quite frankly I do not know the issues involved. But I am sure the bishop must have a contract with his former church and if so what does it say? Once again I am ignorant of the facts. Please help out there.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yes he may have a contract but church property is church property.When he joined the church he found it there,so how can he now claim to be his?It doesn’t make any sense.All that he acquired for himself outside the church,using his money for his personal use,noone can touch those.But if he bought some property in the name of the church,that still belongs to the church because he was using church funds,so all that is taken away from him.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            It seems to me that no one out there knows what the former bishop’s contract with the church says. I propose that until we know what their contract says, there is definitely nothing the outsiders can talk about. We are all unconnected or unacquainted with the contract in question, and as such we can not be judgmental. There may be some underlying reasons we as members of the public are not aware, why the bishop is so defiant. I don’t know as this is pure speculation on my part.

          • Anonymous says:

            I am an insider I know what I am talking about.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Agreed mate, but share with the readership what the contract says if possible verbatim, please. We can then be able to make sense of the issues involved mate.

          • Anonymous says:

            Priests and bishops working in their own dioceses of ordination don’t have contracts okay.Kunonga belonged to that diocese so he had no contract.Only priests who go to work outside their dioceses of origin need contracts to specify what work they will be doing and for what period.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I take it that you have the inside but do you mind sharing with the readership what position you hold within the church, please. Of course, I aware this guy is finished and can not fly in the Anglican Church. I guess he has already started looking after the goats and cattle as his farm he got free of charge. Oh Gosh, no, no Aah what an utter nutter of a biship sibili, mate

          • warvets are ponses says:

            you are a tosser chimpus.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

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            Defiant Kunonga refuses to vacate Anglican Cathedral
            Posted by Tererai Karimakwenda on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Church, Zimbabwe politics | 17 comments

            Up to his old tricks, Nolbert Kunonga
            By Tererai Karimakwenda
            28 November, 2012

            There was drama in Harare on Wednesday after the breakaway Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, and his supporters, refused to vacate the main Anglican Cathedral in Harare, ignoring a Supreme Court ruling.

            Police have refused to intervene and the premises are being guarded by the ZANU PF aligned Chipangano gang from Mbare. The gang assaulted security guards that had been posted by the Harare Bishop Chad Gandiya’s main church.

            SW Radio Africa correspondent Simon Muchemwa said a child suffered a broken arm while trying to escape when the Chipangano thugs arrived. A security guard was also injured but it is not clear how serious his condition is.

            Muchemwa said Kunonga had watched the deputy sheriff break the locks and remove his furniture from buildings at the Cathedral this morning, without any resistance. He also cooperated with clergy from Gandiya’s church.

            The ex-communicated Bishop had up until 4 P.M. Tuesday to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, which ordered him and his supporters to vacate the Anglican Church properties that he had seized since he split from the main church in 2007. The court ruling also confirmed Gandiya as the Bishop of Harare.

            But Kunonga reportedly filed an urgent application at the High Court on Tuesday, in an attempt to block the evictions. Lawyers from both sides were said to be battling it out at the High Court on Wednesday.
            According to the Daily News, the renegade Bishop dismissed the 4pm deadline during a telephone interview. Kunonga was quoted as saying: “What do they have? Can they shoot us with guns? No, they can’t.” before hanging up the line.

            Last week, in a surprise ruling, the main church won its Supreme Court battle to regain control of all Anglican Church properties, and to have it acknowledged that Bishop Chad Gandiya is the legitimate Bishop of Harare.
            The court said Kunonga had resigned and started his own Church Province of Zimbabwe, therefore giving up the right to own any church property.

            The main church immediately engaged the Messenger of Court and issued eviction notices to Kunonga, giving him 48 hours to vacate Anglican buildings. The deadline passed on Tuesday at 4pm and Kunonga is legally in “contempt of court” and liable to arrest.

            But the police have supported Kunonga for the five years since he split from the Anglican Church. Our correspondent said police are now refusing to assist the Anglicans in removing the Chipangno thugs from the Cathedral premises.

            It’s also been reported that violence broke out in Manicaland on Tuesday, when Kunonga loyalists refused to vacate the church buildings they were occupying.

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      • GBZ says:

        CHIMPY, WHY DONT YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND LET EVERYONE THINK YOU ARE A LYING STUPID IDIOT, INSTEAD OF OPENING IT AND REMOVING ALL DOUBT?

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          Why don’t you shut your foul beak and join the debate in ways that are civilized. Who gave you the right to shut my mouth? Small minds can really be dangerous.
          I did not profess to have answers to this problem because I do not know the issues involved with this poor bishop. I am not like fools like you who are judgmental.
          All I asked is for rational answers to queries I posed above. Why are you so abusive and intolerant of other peoples’ views? I do not think you have a monopoly of all the answers as you seem to propagate above. You should grow up and behave like a rational animal.

      • Common Sense says:

        Why? He chose to leave the Church, he resigned from the Dioses of Central Africa of his own volition.
        He is not doing this because he didn’t get compensated (again you deviate from the real point here to make him look like the good guy)… he is doing this because he is a greedy fool, who is pissed off that the law has turned against him… he thinks he’s an untouchable demagogue.
        And this has EVERYTHING to do with Mugabe and ZPF, otherwise why do the police and Chimpangano get away scot-free with their behaviour? You might be able to fool the people in your household, but the mainstream readers of this paper and Zimbabweans with half a brain know the facts without being subjective.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why are you allowing this devilish man to stay in the premises ? Kunonga should be buried alive. He is a devil.

  4. Brian Chikwati says:

    One can actually tell that the lasywers being used by kunonga want to drain him out of the little he is left with after all the cash cows were closed in.A lawyer who went to do lwa can actual think Kunonga’s church has a right over the Anglican church when the Supreme court indicated otherwise on Kunonga.Very foolish to suggest that Indeginisation should apply on the church. The Church is holly indeginised and continue to link to the mother church in UK. The majority of parishners are all Zimbabweans and what else do you want.I can see the reason why SAMUKANGE the lawyer want to join politics. He is finished as a lawyer.