'Evil may win battles, but never the war'

HARARE - The recent Supreme Court ruling ordering ex-communicated bishop of the Anglican Church, Nolbert Kunonga to vacate Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) properties has shown that good will always prevail over evil.

Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba on Monday dismissed an earlier judgment by the High Court granting Kunonga and his followers’ control of church property in the name of the diocesan trustees of the Diocese of Harare.

Malaba ruled that Kunonga should vacate the premises within five days.

St Augustines, St Annes Goto, Bernard Mizeki, St David’s Bonda and Daramombe are a few of the schools founded by the CPCA church that had suffered in the hands of Kunonga.

The Anglican Church diocese education secretary Freddie Saruchera said the board is meeting today to discuss on the way forward.

“I cannot implement what I have in my mind. I am meeting the board tomorrow for the way forward. I will have a position by tomorrow afternoon,” said Saruchera.

Chipo Tonde of St Francis parish, Waterfalls said: “I am overjoyed the court has seen it fit to rule in our favour. The High Court ruling was wrong and we are glad it has been corrected.”

St Michaels Mbare parish member Ferdinand Chatindiara said the judgement was a reprieve as the parish had been struggling to raise rentals.

“We are truly relieved. For all those years we have been constantly having problems with finding worshipping space but now we no longer need to worry about that,” said Chatindiara.

Rooftop Promotions producer and actor Daves Guzha said at last sanity has prevailed.

“From the beginning it was clear the characters in the script and the setting lacked the ingredients of a major dramatic effect. Both police and Zanu PF should know kuti zvinhu zveMweya ndezvaMwari (These are matters for God).”

Education minister David Coltart in a Facebook post thanked the good Lord. “I am happy for Bishop Chad Nicholas Gandiya and his flock. Our prayers have been answered for the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. I am absolutely delighted for all my Christian brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church.”

Elias Madzikanda from St Luke’s Mufakose parish said the ruling was a boost to the country’s judiciary system.

“The judgment has refuelled our hope and dying faith in the justice system,” said Madzikanda.

“As for me I do not have words to express how happy I and the rest of my family are with the outcome. God has spoken. We are now going back to our churches. For Kunonga and his followers, they are free to join our church,” he said.

Producer and actor Tafadzwa Muzondo said Bob Marley has been proven right when he sang “You can fool some people some time but you can’t fool all the people all the time’ in his Get Up Stand Up song.”

“Evil may win battles but it will never win the war,” said Muzondo.

Precious Shumba, director of Harare Residents Trust and a senior member of the Anglican Church, said the church is calling on all Anglicans to gather at the Africa Unity Square on December 16 from 9am “to mark our victory over evil, and mark the beginning of the phase of rebuilding the Anglican Diocese of Harare”.
 
“Anglicans will move into the cathedral carrying the Bishop’s chair and a lot of cleansing will take place. Enough incense has been purchased to do the cleansing of the churches,” said Shumba.

St Aiden’s Chitungwiza parishioner Tendai Ngirande said the judgment was long overdue as Kunonga had been given time to destabilise the administration of CPCA schools.

“Kunonga had done a lot of harm to what the church had built overs many years. He was causing unnecessary chaos in our beautiful schools. This is the beginning of God’s wrath against his actions and I would have loved it if he was told to vacate properties with immediate effect,” said Ngirande.

Mathias Bangure, Music Crossroads director could only say: “The law has taken its course and if this pleases the majority of the followers then it should go that way.”

Playwright Raisedon Baya said: “I think Kunonga had it coming. Justice in Zimbabwe maybe delayed but one day it shall be served.” - Wendy Muperi

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