(Last Updated on December 21, 2012 by CORRESPONDENT)
Zimbabwe-ARCHBISHOP Nolbert Kunonga of the Anglican Church of the Province of Zimbabwe says he has surrendered all property belonging to the Church of the Province of Central Africa and that he would abide by the Supreme Court ruling.
Speaking at a Press conference in Harare yesterday through his provincial diocese secretary, Reverend Admire Chisango, Dr Kunonga said he would forge ahead with his spiritual work despite the setback.
Dr Kunonga who was breaking his silence since the Supreme Court ruling said he would respect the court ruling that conferred ownership rights to his rival CPCA, ending a five-year legal battle.
Despite his presence at the Press conference, Dr Kunonga delegated Rev Chisango to speak on his behalf.
Rev Chisango fielded questions while Dr Kunonga answered “No comment” whenever questions related to him personally were asked.
Dr Kunonga said he would, at least for now, maintain his silence as he had delegated that responsibility to Rev Chisango.
In his address, Rev Chisango said all structures of ACPZ were intact, adding that on January 6, there would be a big Sunday for congregants in Chitungwiza.
He said the church commanded about 400 parishes and over 48 000 congregants.
Rev Chisango said the church was still setting up offices in Belvedere, near the Exhibition Park.
He said services would be conducted in schools, private colleges and other churches that had accommodated them.
On Sunday, he said members who used to worship at the Cathedral of St Mary and All Saints would meet at Queen Elizabeth High School.
In Unit G, Seke, people would be attending at Mabamba Primary School, P and G Primary School in Unit K, and Copas High School in Kuwadzana 3.
“ACPZ and its leadership has not been in hibernation. It’s alive and kicking. Services will be conducted in various areas in hired churches and schools,” said Rev Chisango.
“Many people thought that ACPZ has been disbanded after the court ruling.
“It has gone stronger with its leadership maintaining the stance which we took in 2007 condemning homosexuality which other churches may consider as any other sin.
“After the ruling we had to move out of the churches and we are grateful to other churches and schools who have come to our side. All our services are going on without interference.”