Gandiya holds mass in Cathedral for first time in 5 years

Bishop Chad Gandiya

By Tichaona Sibanda
29 November 2012

Anglican Bishop Chad Gandiya on Thursday held mass at Harare’s Cathedral Church, the first time he’s done so in five years after the building was occupied by the excommunicated Archbishop Nolbert Kunonga

On Monday the Supreme Court ordered Kunonga to hand over all church properties in his possession, ending a five-year feud that has rocked the Anglican church since 2007 when Kunonga pulled out of the Church Province of Central Africa (CPCA). He formed his own church, the Church Province of Zimbabwe, but held on to the CPCA properties.

Our correspondent in Harare, Simon Muchemwa, told us Bishop Gandiya led a two-hour mass Thursday morning which was ‘overwhelmingly’ attended by Anglican parishioners in the city.

But that joy was short-lived when police appeared and told Bishop Gandiya to stop using the facilities until a High court injunction, filed by Kunonga to stop the evictions, had been heard.

Kunonga filed the injunction on Wednesday seeking to stop his eviction from Anglican Church properties across the country, claiming that his priests would be rendered destitute. The matter has been sat down for hearing by Judge President George Chiweshe next Tuesday.

‘Bishop Gandiya did not dispute the police order and the parishioners dispersed without an incident. They hope the High court will dismiss the application as they feel he has no case at all,’ Muchemwa said.

Reverend Lameck Mutete told SW Radio Africa that he had foreseen a situation where Bishop Kunonga would fight to the bitter end to hang on to property that does not belong to him.

‘His character does not depict a man of God but that of a thug who will one day find himself in prison instead of church. We are not yet done with him and I had seen it coming.

‘He’s one man who will go down fighting but for no apparent reason but selfish ends. We had long seen the evil in him and no man of God can behave the way he’s doing. He has destroyed the church and I’m glad the judiciary system has also seen how unprincipled this man is,’ Reverend Mutete said.



7 Responsesto “Gandiya holds mass in Cathedral for first time in 5 years”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Kunonga is the son of the devil

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      What you were taught at a Sunday School in former Rhodesia had a lasting impression and damage to you. Do you know what the term devil means and if so can you share your understanding with the readership, please? I remember during the Rhodies times, we were taught to recite one familiar verse in the bible which ran like ‘blessed are the meek and poor for they shall inherit the kingdom of heaven’. But the irony of it all is that while the black people of this country were told to live in abject poverty in the hope they would inherit the kingdom of heaven rhodies and foreign were creating wealth for themselves. Today 32 years after independence the majority of this country own and control nothing. If they are seen or attempt to create wealth for themselves it is called corruption. What a f……g hellhole we are in as an African people.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      What you were taught at a Sunday School in former Rhodesia had a lasting impression and damage to you. Do you know what the term devil means and if so can you share your understanding with the readership, please? I remember during the Rhodies times, we were taught to recite one familiar verse in the bible which ran like ‘blessed are the meek and poor for they shall inherit the kingdom of heaven’. But the irony of it all is that while the black people of this country were told to live in abject poverty in the hope they would inherit the kingdom of heaven, rhodies and foreign capital were creating wealth for themselves. Today 32 years after independence only foreigners control the entire economy while the majority of this country own and control nothing. If they are seen or attempt to create wealth for themselves it is called corruption. What a f……g hellhole we are in as an African people.

  2. Common Sense says:

    So… “Kunonga filed the injunction on Wednesday seeking to stop his eviction
    from Anglican Church properties across the country, claiming that his
    priests would be rendered destitute.”

    Well he certainly didn’t give a cr@p when he kicked the people out of church properties when he took them illegally in the first place. SO what right does he have now? Cretin

  3. KuraiMGT says:

    Kunonga exposing Zanu PF. I dont think the disadvantaged parishioners will vote for Zanu.

  4. Brian Chikwati says:

    Next for Kunonga is that he will go and camp at the St. Marys grave yard. Please lets also talk about the church farm,.

  5. Brian Chikwati says:

    The Suprteme court has ruled. If Kunonga was a man of true cloth he would have negotiated for the extention of the priest to be alloed in and move after school close. Unfortunately arrogant as he is, he beklieves he has a right to everything. Shame on you Kunonga.