Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Zimbabwe Anglican Church press charges against police chief

The Zimbabwe Anglican Church has pressed charges against the country’s police chief for sending armed police to drive worshippers out of churches every Sunday.

Anglicans in Zimbabwe's Diocese of Harare face harassment and violence from President Robert Mugabe's police force in what appears to be an attempt to prevent them from worshipping.

Diocesan Registrar for the Church of the Province of Central Africa, Michael Chingore, said police commissioner general, Augustine Chihuri, is conniving with ousted Bishop Albert Kunonga to destabilise the church.

Bishop Kunonga, a fierce Mugabe supporter backed by the police, is engaged in a wrangle for control of the Zimbabwe Diocese of Harare. He has claimed ownership of extensive Anglican assets, despite being officially excommunicated in 2007 and replaced by Central Africa Bishop Sebastian Bakare. (pictured)

Kunonga was fired from the church after he withdrew the Diocese of Harare from the province, made up of Anglican churches in Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe, citing rampant homosexuality in the church.

Mr Chingore told inthenews the church wanted the police chief charged for instructing officers to assist the ousted Bishop Kunonga who is allegedly using his strong links with Mugabe to drive Anglicans out of their churches.

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