Anglican Church excommunicates another Zim cleric

HARARE - The Anglican Church has excommunicated a second bishop in Zimbabwe,
Elson Jakazi of Manicaland diocese, after he threatened to withdraw the
diocese from the church's central African synod claiming that homosexuality
was rampant in the congregation.

The regional synod, which is officially known as the Church of the Province

of Central (CPCA), is the church’s supreme authority in the region and a

fortnight excommunicated former Bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, who had

also tried to withdraw his diocese.

The dean of the CPCA, Albert Chama, in a letter to the Diocese of Manicaland

dated May 16 and delivered on Monday said Jakazi was no longer the bishop of

the diocese.

“His licence as clergyman in the Anglican Communion is automatically revoked

and he is no longer authorised or permitted to have any authority or control

whatsoever over the diocese, nor to represent it in anyway, nor to use the

funds and assets of the diocese,” read Chama’s letter. Chama said Jakazi had

committed schism.

The CPCA dean has since appointed retired Bishop Peter Hatendi as the vicar

general and bishop of Manicaland for a year.

Jakazi yesterday declined to comment on his excommunication from the church.

Kunonga and Jakazi last year wrote to the CPCA threatening to withdraw the

dioceses of Manicaland and Harare claiming that the church had failed to

address the issue of homosexuality in the church.

Kunonga went on to form his own Anglican Province of Zimbabwe.

Kunonga – a staunch supporter of President Robert Mugabe who tried to use

the pulpit to defend the Zimbabwean leader’s controversial policies – was

excommunicated together with several priests and other church leaders who

backed his revolt against the mother church.

Chama said the church had imposed on Kunonga “and all those who support him

the sentence of Greater Excommunication, thereby separating them from the

church of the Province of Central Africa and the Anglican Communion.”

The CPCA appointed retired Bishop Sebastian Bakare as caretaker head of the

Harare diocese, a move Kunonga has fiercely tried to resist. – ZimOnline.

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