Kunonga hides behind Mugabe

HARARE - Fallen former Anglican Archbishop Nolbert Kunonga has sensationally claimed that he deserves to retain control of the church properties because he has fiercely supported President Robert Mugabe.

Kunonga also claims he also deserves to regain the property because he has supported the judiciary and ministers in Mugabe’s government.

The ex-communicated and disgraced Bishop is also now playing the racial card saying he must be awarded church property because he fought against whites.

These strange and controversial details are contained in Kunonga’s High Court application in which he is fighting to regain control of the church.

Kunonga claims church properties across the country, including the main Cathedral in central Harare, are “natural resources” that cannot be owned by a foreigner.

Kunonga was left high, dry and clutching at straws following a Supreme Court decision that ruled that the defrocked “archbishop” was no longer an Anglican and should cede control of church properties to the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA).

“The defendant (CPCA) and its mother church supported the imposition of sanctions against the Head of State (Mugabe) and those who supported him and the State.

“The defendant, its officials and the mother church spoke openly against (Mugabe), ministers, the judiciary and anyone who had equal persuasion or shared the same     political belief and would be seen actively castigating the government of the day,” Kunonga said in court papers seen by the Daily News on Sunday.

For the past few years, Kunonga has been used by Zanu PF in their propaganda tactics and was also heavily protected by police in his illegal grabbing of the Anglican Church property.

He was regularly seen at Mugabe functions but now Zanu PF  seems to have dumped the disgraced former bishop.

However, Kunonga seems to be contradicting himself.

While the former Anglican clergyman told the Supreme Court he had never left the global communion, he now tells the High Court, his church, the Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe has been in existence since 2007.

“Plaintiff (Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe) has been in existence and recognised by the defendant since 2007 as a separate entity and has been running all churches under a separate leadership.
“Defendant accepted the status quo and was now worshipping from different places leaving the occupation and use of the Cathedral and other buildings under the plaintiff,” Kunonga argues.

Kunonga then plays the race card and the controversial empowerment programme in his court papers.

“Plaintiff is entitled to claim ownership of the church, schools, colleges and properties as these form the natural resources of the Zimbabwean community just like land and minerals.

“They cannot be owned by a foreign entity. Plaintiff cannot claim ownership of a property in a foreign land such as the United Kingdom, so must the defendant.

“The Anglican Church represented by CPCA did not accept the current ideology of the government and Zanu PF in particular.

“The plaintiff has embraced the ideology initially enunciated by Zanu PF and adopted by the State that is the policy of indigenisation, land acquisition, distribution and economic empowerment of the ordinary members of the community and the distribution of natural resources,” he said.

“Re-colonisation became a major issue between plaintiff and defendant’s mother church deliberately which advanced the interests of the former colonial masters,” the former bishop added.

The fight for the soul of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe is refusing to go away and has taken in global banking giant Standard Chartered, while violence has marred intended evictions.

The gun-toting Kunonga also threatened to shoot journalists covering his embarrassing eviction from the main Cathedral in Harare.

Police, who have been accused of abating the renegade bishop’s four-year reign of terror, also turned their baton sticks on Kunonga and his proxies as they sought to kick out pockets of resistance from within the former cleric’s scattered flock.

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