Kunonga turns church into school

kunongaCHITUNGWIZA - Defrocked Anglican bishop Nolbert Kunonga (Pictured) has infuriated members of the church by turning a church building here into a school while they are forced to conduct services in the open.

Investigations by The Zimbabwean showed that the church building at Zengeza 2 is now a crche known as ECD Pre-School. The new name has been emblazoned all over the security wall, which has also been decorated with fancy cartoon characters advertising the school, much to the chagrin of church members.

The members accuse Kunonga of using the organizations properties for personal profit since he forcibly took them over with the help of armed police and allegedly biased courts. Kunonga is a strong ally of President Robert Mugabe and is still asked to conduct prayers at national events even though he no longer belongs to any church group. During visits to the centre, this paper was told that the school caters for anyone who can pay, but members of the bona fide Anglican Church led by Bishop Chad Gandiya are not allowed to send their children there.

When this reporter visited the Zengeza 2 church, several elderly women allied to Kunonga were seen cooking food on open fires in preparation for a meeting. Posing as a parent intending to send a child there, this reporter was interrogated for several minutes by the women. Who sent you here? Are you from Gandiya? We dont want any Gandiya people here, said one of the women.

Later, however, the women revealed that any child sent to the school had to be vetted by women aligned to Kunonga to ensure they had nothing to do with Gandiya and the proper Anglican Church. It could not be established how many children are already enrolled at the school or how much Kunongas gang earned from the activities as knowledgeable people were not contactable. However, many similar crches are making a killing by introducing numerous fund-raising activities that require cash.

Apparently, the intervention of the governments organ on healing and reconciliation has failed to end the squabbles in the church. A congregant in Zengeza confirmed that they were still not allowed to use the building for worship despite recent high-level interventions by national healing organ chair John Nkomo.

What Kunonga is doing is not only criminal, but evil. We are being forced to meet for services in the open, with children in this cold, yet he is using Gods building to make money. This is very bad, said a woman who asked not to be identified.

Comments from Kunonga and Gandiya could not be obtained at the time of going to press. However, a senior member of the Anglican Church blamed the authorities for not enforcing church orders to have Kunonga removed completely from church activities.

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