Bully Kunonga gored

HARARE - This week, the Bull Eland witnessed the Supreme Court put an end to the long- standing fight over control of the Anglican Church and its properties.

After five years of bullying by Kunonga and his Zanu PF masters, the persecution of the Anglican Church had become senseless and overdone.

Kunonga himself and Zanu PF share several similarities that bind them together. Abusing the church is not confined to the Anglican Church — we have all seen various bishops, reverends, choirs and other parishioners worship out in the open, exposed to weather elements — the sun, rain.

The international celebrations were not merely sparked by Kunonga’s loss, but was clearly understood as a modern-day “David versus Goliath” story.

In Zimbabwe, any action that is understood as winning a fight against Zanu PF is met with hushed celebration, no matter how small. Oppressed but determined underdogs the world over enjoy support from the masses. People who fight for their freedoms from their oppressors are revered globally.

Both Zanu PF and Kunonga havana vanhu (they have no following). On the basis of a common hatred of anyone who does not sing praises to Mugabe, he promised his masters that he would deliver supporters nationwide.
For close to five years, his trump card was the false message that the legitimate bishop of the Harare Diocese and other worshippers are either homosexual or that they support it.

As Zanu PF failed to rally any following, the Anglicans saw right through Kunonga’s deception and refused to follow him.

The duo of Zanu PF and Kunonga both enjoy widespread protection from Augustine Chihuri’s loyalists in the police even as they engaged in unlawful activities.

The culture of impunity that Zanu PF is renowned for has certainly taken root within the Kunonga group.

Opponents of Kunonga have been beaten, raped, evicted, deprived of property and basic freedoms; and tear-gassed. The impunity they endured emboldened them to plod ahead with their violent tendencies.

To solve problems, they summoned their ever willing riot police, and opponents were bashed mercilessly.

Once, Justice Rita Makarau directed Kunonga to share church premises with the other faction.

True to the culture in Zanu PF, where unpopular judgments are simply not enforced, the Chad Gandhiya congregation simply never saw the inside of that building.

In fact, Kunonga had joined a dangerous cult in Zanu PF which does not merely ignore court rulings — they actually showed contempt for the courts.

Kunonga’s property grab has a precedent. We all know where he learnt it from — the party with a propensity to grab everything.  He perfected the art though.

Schools, churches, stands, cars, money and other things were stolen, auctioned, leased or mortgaged.

More will be revealed by the legitimate owners of the property if they are allowed by the state hardliners to audit his damage.

Both he and Zanu PF have an affinity to reap where they did not sow, masters in the art of plunder! It wouldn’t be surprising if Kunonga is building a mansion somewhere. Watch this space.

Victory over Kunonga was guaranteed not just by facts, but by God.

The weak who are in the right will eventually win. Good triumphs over evil. The fact that the political commissar of a party visits your church and showers your leaders with gifts and praises was irrelevant to the fight.

The commissar must have figured that Kunonga was expendable.

The cost of siding with a lonely priest against massive numbers of followers was simply taking a toll on Zanu PF.

By the way, votes come from churchgoers. Why else would a party with a well-known history of killing be interested in Godliness?

In the past, people like Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phillip Chiyangwa have said they have turned to God.
Past these confessions, we have not seen much else.

In the recent past, we have seen the likes of Kembo Mohadi at TB Joshua’s synagogue in Nigeria.

Upon return from the man of God, he is the same man who presides over a police force that persecutes parishioners. Several members of the Zanu PF all confess their faith, especially towards elections.

These confessions are intended to sanitise their heinous deeds during and after the elections.

Kunonga was thoughtless, as were those hardliners in Zanu PF supporting him to think he would retain their support if he failed to deliver votes.

Did Kunonga not learn anything from the Madzibaba Nzira saga? The man bused his followers to every Mugabe arrival at the airport for years.

As soon as the party figured his contribution to the electoral agenda was diminishing, he was thrown to the wolves.

One may ask why the defeat of Kunonga is such a big deal. The simple answer is that, for half a decade, Kunonga and Zanu were one.

Now, even Zanu PF’s appointees, and the fawning state media, are taking turns to rubbish him. How times have changed!

The significance of all this is that the glue of patronage that holds the murderous party together is beginning to fall apart — thus the song “Zanu yaora”. - Bull Eland

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