Africa

Court Ends Six-Year Seizure of Zimbabwe Churches

(UPDATED) 'Renegade' clergyman may use president's reelection to start new campaign of 'brutality.'

Update (Aug. 13, 2013): The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) reports that defrocked Anglican bishop Nolbert Kunonga, a friend of president Robert Mugabe, may be putting churches and Christians in danger once again. According to CSM, Kunonga sent thugs to break into the home of Chad Gandiya, the chief Anglican bishop in Zimbabwe, and steal records of church personnel.

"On the heels of a contested 'landslide' election where Mugabe promised to expand 'reform' policies that earlier led to evictions of white farmers from their land, a variety of Protestant and Catholic churches, despite being largely black, are again worried," CSM states.

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(Update: Bishop Nolbert Kunonga has launched a legal counterattack in a bid to retain the churches. Background on his "rise and fall.")

Zimbabwe's highest court has ruled in favor of the country's mainstream Anglican Church, ordering bishop Nolbert Kunonga to return Anglican worship sites he seized after ...

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