Priests banned from praying

Police in Marondera yesterday 2 January 2012 barred nearly 80 Anglican (CPCA) clergymen from Harare and Manicaland Dioceses, including Bishop of the Diocese of Harare (CPCA) Bishop Nicholas Chad Gandiya from holding their annual retreat at Peterhouse High School, just outside Marondera town.

A circle of prayer during Archbishop Rowan William's visit to Mutare last year.
A circle of prayer during Archbishop Rowan William’s visit to Mutare last year.

The police claimed the Anglicans had not sought police clearance to gather for prayer as required in terms of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA.

This is a clear indication that the police in Zimbabwe have no intention of protecting Anglicans in the CPCA, but have demonstrated their allegiance to the ex-communicated Anglican bishop Nolbert Kunonga.

Ironically, Peterhouse High School is a private school, with no linkage to the Anglican Church except that the leadership has accepted to host the Anglican 2012 Retreat, no crime under Zimbabwe's laws.

The Bishop went to the Police General Headquarters to try to reason with them about the eviction but the police led by a Superintendent Dube insisted that the Anglicans had to vacate Peterhouse. But the Anglican clergymen refused to leave and put up at the school, insisting the police had to remove them by force because they have not broken any law.

This morning, Wednesday 3 January 2012, Marondera police arrived at Peterhouse High School and ordered all clergymen to vacate the school premises.

"This is calculated harassment by some of the police officers." said Bishop Gandiya. "We deplore this action and call upon higher authorities to intervene. So much for freedom of religion."

This marks another year of persecution at the hands of hostile police force totally opposed to uphold the rule of law in a country that claims to be a democracy.

The Anglican CPCA will not be intimidated and will continue to demand justice.

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