The Speaker of the House of Assembly Lovemore Moyo has urged Christians to pray for the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe, which is rocked by divisions and squabbles and which he attributed to satanic attacks.
The Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa was split into two factions: one led by Bishop Nolbert Kunonga and the other by Bishop Chad Gandiya. This development has divided the faithful in Harare and Manicaland dioceses as the two bishops have dragged each other to courts contesting the ownership of the church property. Church members have been unceremoniously evicted from the church properties in Mutare and other parts of the country.
The Anglican wrangles have been described as being politically-motivated.
Addressing thousands of Christians from across denominations, who had converged on the Mzilikazi suburb’s MacDonald Hall to pray for the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe suffering from breast cancer, the speaker of the August House called for the faithful to pray for the Anglican Church in light of the latest developments.
“I would like to urge other Churches to pray for the Anglican Church so that Satan may not attack them because it is clear that there is the devil’s hand in what is happening: the destruction of schools, people spending time in courts,” said Moyo.
Speaker Moyo, who said he is also a Christian but a “limping one,” warned Churches against dragging politicians into their internal Church disputes, arguing politics must not be mingled with Christianity.
“I am also a believer but in truth I am that believer who is limping. I am a believer and I believe in God. I plainly know this. All the times our church people, you complain that politicians use churches in order to gain political mileage. I also beg you Christians that when you fight as people of the same family, of the Church, do not drag politicians into it. People are hiding behind political parties. Therefore I plead with you to leave us out of such matters so we can also fight our own political battles by ourselves,” said Moyo, who is also the MDC-T National Chairman.
The problems affecting the Anglican Church have not physically affected the people of Matabeleland but some say that spiritually they are severely affected.