14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Kunonga Challenges Supreme Court Ruling

The ex-communicated former Bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, has continued to fight for control of church buildings and properties owned by the main Anglican Church (CPCA), despite losing a legal challenge at the High Court earlier this week.

Lawyer Jonathan Samukange filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging High Court Judge George Chiweshe's refusal to deal with Kunonga's latest application.

The former Bishop was seeking to block the deputy sheriff from evicting those occupying church buildings he had taken from the CPCA in the five years since he left. But on Monday Judge Chiweshe said he had no jurisdiction to hear the matter because the Supreme Court had already ruled on it.

The Supreme Court ruled that Chad Gandiya was the rightful Bishop of Harare and the CPCA was granted ownership of all church properties. The CPCA has already taken back many of the buildings they lost to Kunonga, but the former Bishop refuses to let the case die.

His lawyers now claim the fresh application at the Supreme Court is from the Anglican Church Province of Zimbabwe (ACPZ), not Kunonga himself. But the ACPZ was formed by Kunonga and his allies after he resigned from the CPCA.

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