Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered a renegade Anglican bishop, Nolbert Kunonga, to vacate the church’s property following a six-year row with the parent Church of the Province of Central Africa.
The court overturned an earlier High Court decision recognizing Nolbert Kunonga as the head of the independent Anglican Province of Zimbabwe and ordered him to vacate all church property that he had wrestled from the Harare Diocese of the Church of the Province of Central Africa.
Kunonga unsuccessfully tried to pull Zimbabwe out of the Anglican Church’s Province of Central Africa in 2002 in protest at the United Kingdom-based church’s decision to allow gay priests and same-sex marriages.
He was subsequently excommunicated from the Anglican Church for allegedly inciting violence in his sermons against opponents of President Robert Mugabe.
Although he is no longer a member of the global Anglican Church, Kunonga has taken control of the church’s assets in Zimbabwe with the backing of the police.
He has barred parishioners from a rival faction led by Bishop of Harare, Chad Gandiya, from using the church’s properties for worship.
Source African Press Agency
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