By Pat Ashworth
All Anglican churches in the diocese of Harare have now been barred to all except the handful of “worshippers” who support the excommunicated bishop, Nolbert Kunonga. Police interference and obstruction of services over the past months has escalated into violence against congregations in recent weeks. The Bishop of Harare, Dr Sebastian Bakare, has appealed to the Zimbabwean police to stop brutalising Anglicans, and for “sanity to prevail” in the face of total disregard of a Supreme Court ruling that the church buildings should be shared. Read the rest of this entry »
By Pat Ashworth
By Cuthbert Nzou
Harare – The Anglican Church has excommunicated a second bishop in Zimbabwe, Elson Jakazi of Manicaland diocese, after he threatened to withdraw the diocese from the church’s central African synod claiming that homosexuality was rampant in the congregation. The regional synod, which is officially known as the Church of the Province of Central (CPCA), is the church’s supreme authority in the region and a fortnight excommunicated former Bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, who had also tried to withdraw his diocese. Read the rest of this entry »
Harare – President Robert Mugabe’s regime has shut down Zimbabwe’s Anglican Church, turning baton-wielding riot police on congregations and rendering it impossible for priests to conduct services. When Anglicans go to worship tomorrow, they will not venture inside their own churches, almost all of which have been closed by police. Instead, for the first time, they will join Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians, who will open their services to embattled Anglicans. The prime cause of the Church’s collapse is Nolbert Kunonga, the renegade Anglican Bishop of Harare and a staunch supporter of Mr Mugabe who once called his leader a “prophet of God”. Read the rest of this entry »
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We are shocked and dismayed by the continuous police interference with Sunday services and by the increased brutality causing casualties. Many of you have been assaulted and beaten, and several parishioners of St Monica’s Church, Chitungwiza, were brutally assaulted on 18 May and had to be admitted to hospital.
Our struggle to worship without harassment continues. The Supreme Court Order issued by the Hon. Chief Justice on 12 May was totally disregarded by the police, as previous orders have been. Needless to say where there is law and order such defiance would result in the arrest of those in contempt of court. Today in Zimbabwe the rule of law does not exist. That leaves us with no recourse to ensure that our members can freely and peacefully exercise their constitutional right for example, for everyone to worship without harassment. We are however not deterred by this lawlessness and will continue to seek justice through the courts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matthew Davies
The controversial former bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, has been officially excommunicated, thereby stripping him of his ability to function as a cleric in the Anglican Church. The announcement by the dean of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, the Rt. Rev. Albert Chama, comes following disturbing reports of continued harassment and violence from local police against Anglicans trying to worship in Zimbabwe’s capital city. Last week, Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court dismissed an application from Kunonga to take control of Harare’s Anglican churches. However, police in Harare have continued to use physical force in their attempt to bar worshippers from attending church services at the city’s Anglican cathedral. Read the rest of this entry »
Harare – Armed riot police prevented Harare’s beleagured Anglican congregations from worshipping in their churches on Sunday in defiance of a supreme court order. Police moved into the gardens of Anglican churches around the city from early morning and senior officers telephoned priests and warned them not to try and hold services yesterday. Two weeks ago the usually pro-government Supreme Court of Zimbabwe dismissed an application by Nolbert Kunonga, the former Bishop of Harare, to take control all Harare’s 58 Anglican churches. Read the rest of this entry »
By CELIA W. DUGGER
JOHANNESBURG — The parishioners were lined up for Holy Communion on Sunday when the riot police stormed the stately St. Francis Anglican Church in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. Helmeted, black-booted officers banged on the pews with their batons as terrified members of the congregation stampeded for the doors, witnesses said.
A policeman swung his stick in vicious arcs, striking matrons, a girl and a grandmother who had bent over to pick up a Bible dropped in the melee. A lone housewife began singing from a hymn in Shona, “We will keep worshiping no matter the trials!” Hundreds of women, many dressed in the Anglican Mothers’ Union uniform of black skirt, white shirt and blue headdress, lifted their voices to join hers.
Beneath their defiance, though, lay raw fear as the country’s ruling party stepped up its campaign of intimidation ahead of a presidential runoff.
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH CONTINUES TO BE PERSECUTED
“Blessed are they that are being persecuted for righteous…”
a) We the Anglican Church of the Diocese of Harare (CPCA) are deeply concerned about the continuous disruption by the Police and the disregard of High Court Orders by the Law Enforcement Agents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kholwani Nyathi
Harare – A church was recently forced to close down in Matabeleland North as Zanu PF militias and war veterans stepped up terror attacks against opposition supporters following President Robert Mugabe’s defeat in last month’s elections. Churches In Bulawayo (CIB), which brings together pastors from different denominations scattered across the city and surrounding districts, said last week it was inundated with victims of political violence fleeing their homes. It said the Assembles of God church in Dola in Bubi District was closed down as its resident pastor fled after being tortured by Zanu PF supporters on suspicion he was an MDC sympathiser. Read the rest of this entry »
Politics, greed, corruption and deception appear to be the hallmarks of about seven unfrocked clerics who were once members of the Anglican Diocese of Harare, a Diocese forming part of the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA). Read the rest of this entry »