Harare Supreme Court Ruling

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Diocese of Harare.

I am writing on behalf of Bishop James (currently attending General Synod) and myself to inform you of the final judgement of the Zimbabwe Supreme Court regarding the ownership of the property.

You will know that Nolbert Kunonga, a former Bishop of Harare who broke away from the Church of the Province of Central Africa in 2007, has laid claim to the Anglican Church’s property and, with the aid of the State Police, has forced Anglicans out of their churches and clergy out of their homes. This morning the Supreme Court has ordered Kunonga to return all the property he has seized to Bishop Chad and the legitimate diocese of Harare.
The sounds of joy and celebration coming from Bishop Chad and the diocese are so great that we can almost hear them from here. ‘We have been in exile for five years but now we are going home,’ said Bishop Chad. In a letter (to be found on the Rochester Diocesan Website) to members of his diocese and to friends ‘both near and far’ Bishop Chad writes:

Glory to God for the prayer and moral support from Christians of all denominations across the world! I am elated about the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing. My sisters and brothers in Christ, this is your victory! This is your hour! Give all the glory to our Almighty Father in heaven. I want to immediately call upon all our people to be gracious in winning the legal battle. Now let the work begin!

Later in his letter, he reminds his readers that the rebuilding will not be easy. There will, indeed, be many challenges. But he finishes his letter in this way:

Come let us work together, let us rise and build! Renovate! Paint! Let us do it all to God’s glory. God bless you all.

We thank God for this outcome. Many thanks to you all for the prayers and support you have given in so many ways – please ensure that this message is passed to your congregations.

With best wishes
Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Revd. Dr. Brian Castle
The Bishop of Tonbridge

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