Govt minister denounces Dr. Kunonga as satan’s ‘angel’: The Church of England Newspaper, July 22, 2012 p 6. July 26, 2012Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of Central Africa, Zimbabwe.
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Dr. Nolbert Kunonga came under sharp criticism last week from a government minister who accused the former Bishop of Harare of being a monster of iniquity for having used violence and terror to intimidate Anglicans in Zimbabwe.
Last week the Minister of Finance, Mr. Tendai Biti M.P. – who also served as Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-Tsvangirai) in the coalition government led by President Robert Mugabe—spoke to reporters while on a visit to a shopping mall in his constituency in Harare.
Asked about the notorious archbishop of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe, Mr. Biti responded that Dr. Kunonga was no Anglican. Stating that he was an Anglican and member of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, the minister denounced Dr. Kunonga’s campaign of driving faithful Anglicans out of their churches.
“He is also lying that he is a bishop. He is nothing but the devil’s incarnate,” Mr. Biti said, adding that Dr. “Kunonga has said if we build churches in Anglican’s name, he will take them over. He is lying. He is not Anglican and he does not own the name Anglican.”
The minister said that Anglicans in his constituency would soon be out from under the thumb of Dr. Kunonga as the government would be building a community hall on land donated by the city of Harare. “We intend to have the hall, a tennis court and a swimming pool among other structures on the piece of land and everyone will be free to use it,” the minister said, adding that “Those without churches, including Anglicans, will be free to use the hall to hold their services.”
A fervent supporter of the ruling ZANU-PF party and its leader Robert Mugabe, Dr. Kunonga has also denounced the MDC as being a stooge of British imperial interests. However, he did not respond to our email query prior to our going to press.
First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.