Legal moves this week in Harare

22 September 2011

by Pat Ashworth

LAWYERS for the Bishop of Harare, the Rt Revd Chad Gandiya, and others for the excommunicated former Bishop Nolbert Kunonga had been summoned to meet the Zim­babwean Chief Justice, Godfrey Chidyausiku, at noon on Wednesday.

It was not clear exactly why. The High Court last month gave cust­odianship of church property to Ku­nonga, who left the Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA) to form his own province. But the Judge reinstated the CPCA’s 2010 appeal.

On 12 September, Kunonga’s sup­porters obtained a Writ of Ejectment, used to evict priests from their houses, staff from schools, and care staff from an orphanage. The wife of the Revd Muyengwa Murombedzi, evicted from his Mission in Chivhu, told the newspaper The Standard on Sunday that their family had been “dumped” by the roadside.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights were due to challenge the Writ of Ejectment on Wednesday, in a hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. The Supreme Court will ultimately decide the property matter.

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