The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe is living through a tumultuous period of internal conflict. Previously, RelZim.org reported that the supporters of the breakaway bishop
Nolbert Kunonga, armed with a recent court ruling, have given Anglican sisters and the administrator a notice to vacate Sherry Creeps, an orphanage in Chikwakwa (50 km from Harare) that shelters 100 children.
According to the Independent Catholic News, Anglican clergy, teachers and medical staff were evicted from one of the country’s oldest missions last week. The headmaster of Daramombe Mission Primary School, Mr. Denford Javangwe, Rev. Muyengwa Murombedzi and all senior nursing staff at the mission’s clinic were told to leave, under Kunonga’s instructions.
Bishop Chad Gandiya, head of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa’s Harare diocese, was robbed on Thursday night, when men entered his home in Harare and took about 800 USD, two laptops and mobile phones. No one was physically hurt. Another Anglican clergyman, Rev. Julius Zimbudzana from Highlands, was arrested on Wednesday September 7 and kept in police custody overnight accused of stealing Church property worth more than a million dollars. He was released without charge on Thursday evening.
An estimated 40 % of the country’s Anglican churches are now in the hands of bishop Kunonga.
On Thursday Lambeth Palace announced that the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams is planning to visit Zimbabwe in October, as part of a pastoral visit which will also include Malawi and Zambia. Dr. Wiilliams has requested a meeting with President Robert Mugabe.
Dr. Williams’ spokeswoman said that he “will meet with bishops, clergy, and is going to be looking at church development initiatives in all three countries. …The aim of the trip as a whole is a pastoral visit and it’s to show solidarity with Anglicans there.”