Youths plead with Anglican Church to stop feud

The Students Christian Movement of Zimbabwe has pleaded with the Anglican Church leadership to ensure that an ongoing feud does not affect learners at schools run by the denomination, amid revelations that they are experiencing severe food shortages in boarding schools.

In a statement last week the students bemoaned the use of schools as platforms to fight for power, urging the feuding sides in the Anglican Church to iron out their differences.

The organisation singled out St Augustine’s as one of the schools suffering.

“We are deeply concerned when the value of education is undermined by greedy and power hungry individuals who claim to be Men of God,” read the statement.

Bishop Nolbert Kunonga was ex-communicated in 2007 by the Church of the Province of Central and replaced by Chad Gandiya. Kunonga formed a breakaway church and claimed ownership of all church property.

Their fight for the property is currently before the courts, and Kunonga has been accused of using his reported alignment with Zanu (PF) to bar worshippers from using buildings owned by the Church. The feud has culminated into violent scenes both at Anglican churches and shrines around the country.

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