The Anglican church gets involved in Zimbabwe politics

By Lelethu Mquqo
10 September 2011


The church has entered into Zimbabwe's political scene with a top Anglican bishop saying a breakaway church leader close to President Robert Mugabe is intensifying a campaign to seize church properties that include missions, schools and priests' homes.

Bishop Chad Gandiya, leader of the mainstream Anglican group, said a new wave of evictions have even targeted an orphanage.

Breakaway Bishop Nolbert Kunonga claims to lead Zimbabwe's Anglicans and has already refused to hand back the Harare Cathedral, offices, buildings, church bank accounts and vehicles he seized with the protection of police loyal to Mugabe.

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