Church in bid to recover $1m from Kunonga

HARARE - The Anglican Church has said it is working to recover $1 million allegedly looted by ex-communicated bishop Nolbert Kunonga.

The renegade Anglican bishop in 2007 seized control of all church hospitals, orphanages and schools, but the courts in 2013 allowed more than two million evicted Anglicans to return to their parishes to celebrate mass after they were banished to worshiping in parks, private schools and halls.

Reverend Paul Gwese, who was standing in for Harare bishop Nicholas Gandiya, told a press briefing in Harare yesterday, that the church could not account for money that was put in a trust fund seized by Kunonga.

“We are talking about a real big chunk of money that we cannot account for,” Gwese said.

“There was a trust fund which had $1 million and not even a cent can be accounted for from that trust. So as you can see, we are talking of big monies.

“Work is in progress and our legal advisors are dealing with the matter. In the next coming few months, we will be able to tell you how much money was taken and whether we will be able to get it back. But it is a large sum and it will take time for us to fully recover it.”

Kunonga formed a splinter group, the Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe, after he was expelled from the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) in 2008.

He seized over 90 properties belonging to the Anglican Church before losing control to Gandiya in November 2012 following a landmark Supreme Court ruling, ending the   six-year-long battle which sometimes turned violent.

Gwese said the Anglican Church was on a drive to rehabilitate its properties.

“The process of restoring our church buildings, schools rectories as well as administration offices is now almost complete whilst proper maintenance is an ongoing process,” Gwese said.

“This does not mean that we are immune from the current socio-economic challenges we are facing as a nation, but like everyone else, we are taking one step at a time.”

Gwese said the church was constructing a university that could specialise in medical studies.

Comments (2)

You'll be lucky to recover a single dollar from that man. He stole from God, let God deal with him his own way!

Johno - 9 October 2014

Do you know that most surnames are for madhunhurirwa,thus describing the character of of the person with that name. So Kunonga mean Kuba .So l would like to think this Kunonganonga uku hakuna kutangira panaBishop ava,asi kutoti kunonga nonga ukuka ndekwedzinza. So sorry zvenhu because its difficult to recover anything from munhu weKunonganonga(stealing).

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 10 October 2014

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