Embattled Anglican Church builds new structures

The Anglican Church, whose properties around the country continue to be grabbed by President Robert Mugabe’s bishop, Nolbert Kunonga, has started building alternative venues to house its worshippers.


Clifford Dzavo, the Secretary for Harare Diocese, said at least 40 percent of the Church’s properties, including orphanages, were now in the hands of Kunonga – who has been armed with a Supreme Court ruling that places control of the church properties in his hands.

“Wherever we can we have built new structures and we hope to develop them further,” said Dzavo.

Presently the Church of the Central African Province is engaged in a legal battle for the control of its properties.

“Building new churches is not a sign that we are giving up but that we are looking into the future. Our church keeps growing despite the seatbacks,” said Dzavo.

In many areas, such as Chitungwiza, Kunonga’s rival Anglican church has far fewer followers than the true church – but they do not have access to the buildings, most of which they contributed to building.

“We are hopeful that eventually we will get our churches back, God’s will shall prevail and the truth shall set us free,” said Getrude Mlambo a member of the church in Chitungwiza. Members are hopeful that they will have some form of shelter from the coming rainy season in which to worship.

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