This report is reprinted from IN TOUCH WITH CHURCH AND FAITH #166, a Jescom publication.

If you ask party members and leaders they are all against violence as a political tactic. In the meantime, political intimidation and terror continue. The mere running around of those well-known agitators in large groups, singing militant songs, is conceived as a threat: “Watch out, we are there and ready to beat you if you make a “wrong” move….”

Maybe even the party elders are afraid of those agents of violence and terror and unable to stop them.
Intimidation may paralyze people and stop them from taking a public stance, but it is merely imposing something on people from the outside. It does not convince. It does not change what people feel inside.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican communion, has come and gone. The Anglican altar servers rehearsed the service with Archbishop Rowan Williams on our [Catholic] church premises before his arrival and a large group of young Anglicans used our parish hall for a lively gathering after his departure. Kunonga is still behaving like a party activist, an invader and occupier, not like a bishop and shepherd he still claims to be.

This is not an inner-Anglican dispute, as the media still prescribe it. It is persecution of the Anglican Church by the state and indirectly an attack against the Christian community as a whole which Church leaders do not seem to have understood yet.