Top Banker becomes Anglican Bishop

FOUNDING National Merchant Bank (NMB) chief executive officer Julias Makoni who was forced to skip the country in 2004 after he was accused of externalising foreign currency is now an Anglican bishop.

Makoni, who holds the post of Reverend Doctor in Anglican Church, was recently elected Bishop Alert of the Anglican Dioceses (CPA).

Last week he was said to be in the United Kingdom and was not available for interviews.

But former Manicaland acting Bishop Peter Hatendi said Makoni was elevated to the new post at a  meeting held by the elective assembly in Mutare on July 24.

He said they did not know of Makoni’s appointment since the whole thing was done behind closed doors.

“Yes he was elected the bishop and it was done in secret by the elective assembly, we were just told later that he was going to be the new bishop,” he said.

Hatendi said Makoni was still on probation and his official appointment as the Bishop Alert will be made after a certain period.

“It is the custom of the Anglican church to monitor someone who has been appointed. After the court of confirmation meet that’s when Makoni will be officially appointed as the Bishop Alert of Manicaland,” he said.

Makoni and three other NBB senior executives, James Mushore, Francis Zimuto and Nicholas Vingirayi, fled the country in 2004 after they were accused of setting up an illegal money transfer agency in the UK called LTB money transfers.

Former Attorney-General Sobusa Gula-Ndebele was also arrested and charged with corruption in connection with allegations that he promised to help Mushore who was a subordinate of Makoni at NMB.

Charges against Makoni were dropped after he returned to the country from the UK