n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The reign of Bishop Nolbert Kunonga : nationalist spirit or empire builder?

Volume 36, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article addresses the events surrounding the election in 2001 of Nolbert Kunonga as the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Harare. Beginning with the problems leading to the election itself, the paper traces the trail of self-serving policies pursued by Bishop Kunonga from the time he assumed office. From the terrorising of Priests and lay persons in the church, to the massive recruitment of Priests from the Roman Catholic Church and the fast-track ordinations of loyalists, the paper sees in Kunonga a Bishop bent on building an empire rather than serving the spiritual and physical needs of the sheep under his guidance. Basing his relationship to ZANU-PF on a warped "land theology", the Bishop has continued to be one of the few religious leaders giving Mugabe some moral legitimacy. The paper also looks at how the reign of Kunonga can be seen as an indictment of the current system of electing Bishops in the Anglican Church.

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