OUSTED Anglican bishop, Nolbert Kunonga, has cited the country’s indigenisation programme in a bid to regain control of church properties across the country.
Kunonga had grabbed the properties when he formed a splinter grouping after his ouster from the world-wide church in a dispute over homosexuality.
He was however ordered to vacate the facilities by Supreme Court after losing a five-year legal battle with Bishop Chad Gandiya who was appointed head of the Zimbabwe church in his place.
But Kunonga’s lawyer, Jonathan Samukange, has challenged his eviction insisting his client will stay put until the case, set to be heard at the High Court on December 4, is finalised.
Kunonga has cited the country’s indigenisation programme in his bid to retain control of the properties. Under the programme, foreign companies must transfer control and ownership of at least 51 percent of their Zimbabwe operations to locals.
Meanwhile, police moved Thursday to evict Bishop Gandiya and followers from the main Harare cathedral which they had taken over after last week’s Supreme Court ruling.
Disturbances also took place at other church sites, including in Mbare where the rival factions reportedly engaged in clashes.
Bishop Gandiya had hoped to conduct a celebratory and cleansing ceremony at the Harare cathedral before the police moved in.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony an effusive Gandiya had declared: “As you can see I am a happy Bishop, I give all the glory to God because today, the day we had waited all these years has come at last and we are able to enter our cathedral.
“Our people over the past five years have been traumatised greatly, we were thrown out of our churches, were harassed, we even arrested and in fact we had a lot of healing to do.
“We do not want anybody to take the law into our own hands; we do not want to fight anybody we want to forgive.”