Zimbawe's deputy sheriff Friday intensified the eviction of parishioners loyal to ex-communicated Anglican bishop Nolbert Kunonga after a brief lull Thursday.
Kunonga of the Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe had tried to block the eviction by making an urgent chamber application in the High Court.
Attorney Jonathan Samkange told VOA LiveTalk that he had filed the urgent court application on behalf of this church and not Kunonga.
The case is set to be heard on December 4.
The latest evictions are being done in fulfillment of last week's Supreme Court judgment that declared the Church of the Province of Central Africa the legitimate owner of all properties in the diocese of Harare.
Kunonga was on Wednesday evicted from the hugely symbolic Cathedral of St. Mary’s and All Saints in Harare paving way for the first mass in five years under Bishop Chad Gandiya.
But there was commotion as thugs allegedly hired by Kunonga violently attacked security guards deployed by Bishop Gandiya’s CPCA.
Bishop Gandiya’s spokesman Precious Shumba told VOA that the sherriff backed by the riot police faced little resistance Friday as they evicted Kunonga loyalists.
Efforts to get a comment from Kunonga or his spokesman were fruitless as they were locked in a marathon meeting to discuss their plight.
Interview With Precious Shumba