BISHOP Sebastian Bakare of the fractious Anglican Diocese of Harare has accused the government of persecuting â€œAnglican Christiansâ€ to protect fired Bishop Nolbert Kunonga.
Kunonga, a Zanu PF apologist and a beneficiary of the chaotic 2000 land reform programme, was expelled from the church last year.
Bakareâ€™s accusations against the government came after riot police allegedly intimidated and dispersed over 3 200 women from all over the country who were commemorating Maryâ€™s Day in Mbare.
â€œThe events of the past weekend have led me to believe that there is a deliberate attempt to persecute Anglican Christians in this diocese,â€ Bakare alleged. â€œThree thousand two hundred members of Mothersâ€™ Union had gathered at St Michaelâ€™s Church Mbare to commemorate Maryâ€™s Day and were chased away by riot police under a so-called directive from above, are a case in point.â€
He added: â€œWhy do the police enforcement agents keep on telling us that they are getting â€œorders from aboveâ€ when they come to interfere with our services? After all Kunonga has no followers except a few clergy and their families.â€
â€œAs a bishop of this diocese I was reminded of Christian churches who were persecuted in communist countries before the fall of the iron curtain,â€Â he said.
By Bernard Mpofu