Kunonga in a mess

HARARE - Disgraced ex-communicated bishop Nolbert Kunonga and his hangers-on were in disarray yesterday, with no sign that they were preparing to leave Harare’s main Anglican Cathedral following a Supreme Court ruling that returned properties to the mother church.

Kunonga’s Manicaland sidekick Bishop Elson Jakazi defiantly said he was not going anywhere “for now”.

When the Daily News crew visited the Anglican main Kunonga in a mess Cathedral in Harare, Kunonga cut a forlorn figure as he sat in the sun pondering his next move in the wake of his fall from grace to grass.
He refused to say anything as reality sank in.

A reverend who attended to the Daily News crew only identified as Thandi said Kunonga would come back to us.

“He will talk to you, but not just now. We will be in touch though,” said Thandi.

In a telephone interview later, Thandi said they were not moving.

“Moving to where? We will move when the time comes, for now we are here,” he said.

In Manicaland, Kunonga’s proxy, Jakazi, was digging in saying the cases were different.

“There has been a lot of confusion and I need to clarify something here. We are separate entities,” Jakazi said. “These dioceses are different and autonomous of each other. We are not under the Harare Diocese and are still waiting for the determination of our case.

“It was previously thrown out by the Supreme Court on (October 22) on a technicality but then we immediately rectified the problem and re-lodged it. There was never an order relating to the Manicaland diocese and for now we are not going anywhere.

“For me it is business as usual, there is nothing that has changed. I was actually surprised to see Julius Makoni (the Manicaland Bishop in the Chad Gandiya-led Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) commenting in some sections of the media saying they will be taking back their properties. That is not going to happen until the court has made a determination. We are waiting for the trial,” he said.

Jakazi is currently in charge of St Augustine’s Mission in Penhalonga as well as St David’s Bonda in Mutasa, among a host of properties under the Manicaland Diocese.

From Chivhu where Kunonga’s group had taken over Daramombe Mission, reports indicated that the reeling faction was locked in intense discussions over their seemingly bleak future.

There were also unconfirmed reports around Harare that some of Kunonga’s members were in the process of packing as time ticks toward the expiry of a five-day ultimatum given by the country’s highest court.

 “They are caucusing, in groups and seem not to know what to do,” an insider told the Daily News.

Freddie Saruchera, the Harare Diocese education secretary told the Daily News that the CPCA’s education board will today meet to deliberate how to manage the transition and take-over of all the institutions that Kunonga and his backers now stand accused of running down.

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

The Supreme Court on Monday ended a four-year acrimonious battle for the control of church properties between Kunonga and his main rival Bishop Gandiya, who is recognised by the international Anglican Communion.



Comments (1)

God is watching you.

jchirape - 21 November 2012

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