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Zimbabwe High Court Rules Against Former Harare Bishop Kunonga; Final Decision Pending


High Court Justice Chinembiri Bhunu dismissed a bid by Kunonga to block an appeal by the Church of the Province of Central Africa against a ruling last year giving Kunonga control of church properties

The Zimbabwean High Court has ruled against former Harare Anglican Bishop Nolbert Kunonga in a decision that restores access to church buildings by members of the Anglican Church of Central Africa.

High Court Justice Chinembiri Bhunu dismissed a bid by Kunonga to block an appeal by the Church of the Province of Central Africa against a ruling last year giving Kunonga control of church properties.

So parishioners kicked out by Kunonga supporters can now access churches until a final ruling is made.

Noting that the same issue was pending in the Supreme Court, Bhunu said his court lacked jurisdiction in the matter. "It is accordingly ordered that the application be and is hereby dismissed with costs," he said.

Anglican Priest Paul Gwese of the Church of the Province of Central Africa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Sandra Nyaira though that it is not clear Kunonga and police will heed the court decision when parishioners show up on Sunday, given past experience.

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