Kunonga vows to keep doors shut

Excommunicated bishop Nolbert Kunonga says he will continue to close the church doors to bona fide Anglican members unless they respect his illegitimate position.

Nolbert Kunonga
Nolbert Kunonga

Kunonga says he is now the legitimate leader of the Anglican Church and will not allow any dissenting voices to use the properties, including church buildings, houses for the clergy, schools and orphanages.

Kunonga is using a High Court ruling that gave custody of the church to him and his board of trustees. The church faithful are bracing for the wet season as they worship in most cases in the open.

The head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Rowan Williams, visited Zimbabwe recently and appealed personally to President Robert Mugabe for his intervention. But Kunonga, who enjoys the ear of Mugabe, has vowed that there will never be sharing of church buildings – rains or not.

“Ordinary Anglicans who want to worship in church buildings or shrines are welcome, provided they acknowledge and respect the legitimate authority of the Church. Anglican Church is a church of order. There cannot be two bishops in one diocese at a time.

This brings confusion and chaos. Therefore those who choose to pray under Rev. Gandiya should do so earnestly, and stop misleading the public that they are being denied access, when in effect they left the Church of their own volition,” said Kunonga.

Williams made it clear that Kunonga was no longer part of the church as he had left of his on volition.

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