‘Hired thugs’ attack Anglicans in Mutare
MUTARE – Scores of worshippers from the Anglican Church at St Peter’s
Nyamandwe in Watsomba, 40km north of Mutare, sustained injuries as violent
clashes over the ownership of properties continue.
At least five members from the church were hospitalised on Monday at Mutasa
clinic with cuts in the head, bruises and swollen faces.
Others did not seek medical treatment as their injuries were said to be
Some were referred to Nyanga district hospital yesterday.
Albertina Chikanya, a worshipper and treasurer at St Peter’s Nyamandwe
parish, told the Daily News that “worshippers” loyal to Bishop Nolbert
Kunonga and Elson Jakazi attacked her and several others during Sunday
Both Kunonga and Jakazi have been expelled from the church but are demanding
control of properties after forming a breakaway outfit.
“Hired thugs beat me up and other people who were in church on Sunday,” said
She said the attack on members loyal to the mother church was in
contravention of a High Court order granting the mother church access to the
A church warden Chenai Mparutsa sustained a cut over his left eye and a
Mparutsa said he was beaten until he lost consciousness.
“I only managed to wake up after several minutes. I was beaten with clenched
fists and had to be rescued out of the church building,” he said.
He said police at Mutasa’s Watsomba police station were yet to make arrests
despite the culprits being well known in the area.
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