Kunonga evicts teachers in Mhondoro a week before exams
By Tererai Karimakwenda
The ex-communicated Anglican Bishop, Nolbert Kunonga, has struck another
blow at the Church Province of Central Africa (CPCA), by serving eviction
notices on all the teachers at St Mark’s in Mhondoro, where hundreds of
students are due to take exams next week.
Reverend Sydney Chirombe told SW Radio Africa that they have been given 48
hours to vacate the premises, or face the embarrassment of forced evictions.
“We are in a dilemma right now and do not know where to put our belongings,”
Reverend Chirombe said. About 900 students will be affected.
The eviction notices were delivered by a messenger for the deputy sheriff,
Kadoma, and signed by Job Zabaya of Chikumbirike Associates. Chirombe said
the reason given is that members of the CPCA should not teach in schools
belonging to the Church Province of Zimbabwe (CPZ).
Kunonga split from the CPCA in 2007and formed the CPZ, but has failed to
gain support from parishioners. He has used a controversial recent court
ruling granting him custody of church properties to evict nurses, teachers
and clergy from the CPCA, without considering the children and parishioners
they serve. Kunonga also has support from Robert Mugabe and the police.
The renegade bishop is also allegedly planning to protest a visit by the
Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who is due in Zimbabwe this
weekend as part of his tour of Central Africa. He has requested a meeting
with Robert Mugabe. Reports say the Archbishop plans to hold a service in
the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday, because Kunonga’s followers
would not allow him to use the main Cathedral or other buildings.
The CPCA Harare Diocese is headed by Bishop Chad Gandiya, whose home was
targetted by thugs last month in a robbery that was described as
“suspicious”. The thieves got away with the family’s laptops and mobile
Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, David
Coltart, told SW Radio Africa the evictions were disturbing but he could not
intervene because no formal complaints had been received from the affected
Minister Coltart confirmed that he had ordered a detailed investigation into
the children and teachers who were evicted by Kunonga’s thugs from church
buildings he seized in Murehwa district.
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