Zimbabwe’s top Anglican bishop says an excommunicated church leader close to the country’s president has taken over an orphanage housing 80 children as part of a schism over gay marriage.
Bishop Chad Gandiya, leader of the mainstream Anglican group, said Tuesday that the breakaway leader also has seized mission schools and priests’ homes on the church premises near Murewa, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of the capital, Harare.
Worshippers now congregate instead under the shade of trees beside a dirt road.
Bishop Nolbert Kunonga was excommunicated four years ago after he was accused of inciting violence in sermons supporting longtime President Robert Mugabe’s party. Kunonga, though, still has the protection of police loyal to Mugabe, and already has taken over the main Harare cathedral and church bank accounts.
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