Rogue Zanu PF Bishop says his life is in danger

ZIMBABWE – THE Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Zimbabwe, Right Reverend Archbishop Nolbert Kunonga, says his life is in danger following a series of death threats he received from unknown assailants.

Back in 2008 it must be noted that the Church of the Province of Central Africa dismissed Kunonga as bishop, but he refused to relinquish control.

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Kunonga according to guardian.co.uk, has in the past called for the killing of Mugabe’s opponents, taken over a white-owned farm and inaugurated unqualified priests and bishops who had led a campaign of violence against dissenting congregations.

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Kunonga was appointed bishop of Harare ten years ago after a disputed election saw him beat a popular white critic of Mugabe’s human rights abuses. He promptly used his new position to eulogise Zimbabwe’s president and purge the church of more than half its trained priests, some of whom were driven into exile in England.

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In their place he apparently ordained men with little theological training, including Zanu-PF officials, two cabinet ministers and students expelled from the Roman Catholic seminary. Kunonga was rewarded for his loyalty with a sprawling white-owned farm near Harare, from which he promptly evicted 40 black workers and their families.

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Speaking at the ordination of Anglican priests and deacons at the Cathedral of St Mary and All Saints in Harare yesterday, Archbishop Nolbert Kunonga said he has since the beginning of this year received telephone calls from unidentified assailants who threatened to assassinate him for his unrelenting stance against homosexuality and the Western-imposed economic sanctions on the country.

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I am yet to make a formal report to the police since I believe I have nothing to fear because it has never been in me to bow to empty threats.”

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Bishop Kunonga said he suspected a clique of Western-backed organisations were behind the threats.

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“The very same people who have been attempting to resist the indigenisation of our industries and churches are behind these heinous acts. I understand that Britain and her Western allies are behind this campaign.
“However, let it be known that I will not tone down or be pushed out of the church by some unscrupulous elements who are bent on reversing the gains we have made as a country and as a church.”

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Yesterday’s ceremony saw the ordination of nine priests and 10 deacons as well as the signing of the anti-sanctions petition by the church leadership and parishioners.

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The clergymen were ordained after undergoing four years of episcopal training. Speaking after the signing ceremony, former Manicaland Anglican Church leader Bishop Elijah Masuku urged the church to play a central role in the fight against the debilitating embargo.

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“As the church, we should play a pivotal role in the fight against the illegal sanctions, which are, as has been proven beyond doubt, hurting the ordinary man in the street,” he said

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Source: TNZ