Wednesday, June 08, 2011

A letter from Bishop Godfrey Tawonezvi and the persecuted Church in Zimbabwe

His Grace has been sent a copy of a letter from Bishop Godfrey Tawonezvi to all bishops in the Central Africa region, to Lambeth Palace, and to the USPG. As Mugabe’s henchmen attempt to take control of Zimbabwe’s Anglican Church, the evil is manifest.

The source of the persecution is an excommunicated bishop, Norbert Kunonga, an enthusiastic supporter of Mugabe. Kunonga is using police and sundry henchmen to seize church property, intimidate believers and inflict violence upon them. Mugabe, a professing Roman Catholic, will do what he needs to do to disrupt church services in order that recalcitrant Anglicans are subjugated. Kunonga is a staunch ruling party ally who once called Mugabe ‘a prophet of God’; he has been duly rewarded with a sprawling estate. One bishop observes: “As a theologian who has read a lot about the persecution of the early Christians, I’m really feeling connected to that history. We are being persecuted.”

As most of the news coverage of the Church here tends to be consumed with the politics of Pope Benedict’s ordinariate or Archbishop Williams’ gay headache, let us remember that our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe truly know what it is to be despised, rejected, tortured and murdered.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Greetings from the Diocese of Masvingo.

I would like to update you on the recent developments at Daramombe Mission.

Kunonga continues to destabilise the Mission in an effort to forcibly take control of the institution.

He 'ordained' two men who live in different places near Daramombe. These men will obviously assist Kunonga in his efforts to take control of the mission.

I am informed that two Kunonga priests who are also teachers went to the Education office seeking employment in Chivhu. Daramombe mission is in Chivhu area. We are also Responsible Authority to many schools in the Chivhu area.

This is a new method that Kunonga is now using, ie getting his thugs to infiltrate our churches and institutions.

Kunonga is using any means necessary to achieve what he wants to achieve. In my message on April 30, I informed you about a nurse who was suppose to leave Daramombe mission. This nurse is working with Kunonga and she has publicly announced that she recognises Kunonga as the owner of the clinic. I am also in formed by others at the mission that Kunonga promised to appoint her the nurse in charge once he [Kunonga] takes over Daramombe.

On Tuesday 31 May 2011, the Bishop, Priest in Charge, and clinic staff had a meeting at the clinic to discuss some administrative issues. The Kunonga nurse refused to attend the meeting. After the meeting, the Bishop, Priest In Charge and Nurse In Charge went to the concerned nurse and told her to go to Marondera to discuss her transfer with Ministry of Health officials. We also informed her that her services were no longer required at Daramombe mission. Our conversation with her did not even last a minute. The Bishop and Priest In Charge then proceeded to the Primary School for a meeting.

Ministry of Health had transferred the nurse from Daramombe in April 2011. Kunonga stopped this transfer and last week we got a letter from the Ministry of Health stating that the transfer had been reversed.

On Wednesday 1 June, the Nurse In Charge and the Priest were picked up by the Police and taken to Chivhu Police station. They were released after statements were recorded. Kunonga nurse had made false reports of indecent assault to the Police. On Friday 3 June the Bishop was summoned to Chivhu Police station.

Kunona and his thugs always resort to lies and criminal activities such as forging of documents. Recently they forged documents for Daramombe mission Secondary School which they took to the Ministry of Education. All these are efforts by Kunonga to try and take over Daramombe mission. We informed the ministry of Education that the documents they had been given were not authentic.

We will continue to resist efforts by Kunonga to take over Daramombe mission. We are grateful for your prayers.



Anonymous toryboysnevergrowup said...

Saying that Mugabe is a "professing Roman Catholic" would appear to be stretching it somewhat and is actually irrelevant to the rest of the post. Perhaps "evil" would be a better description.

Professing: Affirm one's faith in or allegiance to (a religion or set of beliefs)

8 June 2011 at 10:12  
Blogger English Viking said...

Mugabe is a tin-pot dictator who only manages to carry out his despotism as the UK daren't say 'no' to him for fear of being branded Colonial Overlords.

Stop giving him cash. Give white Rhodesians that are subject to his racist policies of stealing white-owned farms asylum in the UK and then starve him out.

Sooner or later, he is going to fall into the ditch which he has digged, and his violence will be visited upon his own head. Psalm 7.

PS To call him a professing cat-lick is a fair description of the man. He recently made a 'pilgrimage' to the Vatican to watch a bit of necromancy involving two dead popes and a live one, receiving (un)Holy Communion in St Peter's Square. If that is not affirmation to one's allegiance to a religion, I do not know what is.

8 June 2011 at 11:33  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

Why does Mugabe direct the destructive engine of state persecution against the Christians?

Like every dictator who has persecuted our people he fears (because he knows) that our ultimate allegiance is not to the state (Mugabe) but to God: give to God what belongs to God and give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. God first; Caesar second. The Kingdom of Heaven (represented by the Christians) is a rival to the Mugabe state.

Mugabe’s violence is less and less embarrassed by the limits imposed by law, for the judges – whose duty is to uphold law so that all men may live in safety and peace – fear the state (Mugabe). Thus, his violence strides brazenly across Zimbabwe unconcerned that history demonstrates its infertility.

Because he has enslaved the legal system to his capricious whims – as all despots do – he cannot even claim a scintilla of justification before the entire world. Thus, murders, kidnappings, beatings, torture and intimidation are the only instruments of state policy he has left.

But he must know, as history shows, that there is a time for all things – that he too will end up on the scaffold: a man reaps what he sows.

8 June 2011 at 11:54  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace, Mugabe is evil, but what comes next? When Dave has finished in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya there seems to be some long overdue business to attend to in Zimbabwe. The French would not permit this sort of outrage in one of their former colonies. Dave should ring Sarko for some helpful tips on being tough.

8 June 2011 at 12:08  
Blogger len said...

Mugabe is evil.And that same evil filters down through his henchmen.
There seems to be a rising tide of evil which is assaulting the very foundations of Humanity in its attempt to gain control over every aspect of our lives.

We Christians must pray that this evil is held back until all who are coming to salvation are brought home.

8 June 2011 at 12:37  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Rochester Diocese is twinned with Harare. I have heard Bishop Chad Gandiya preach in our Cathedral. He is a man of gentle strength and an inspiration. He and his colleagues need all the support and prayers we can give.

8 June 2011 at 12:58  
Anonymous Veracity said...

As I said before 'Hi thee to Zimbabwe Archbishop Rowan'

8 June 2011 at 13:08  
Blogger gresham58 said...

Considering the comments on His Grace's last post and the subject of this one, my irony meter has gone spoing!
Eor those unfamilier with irony meters go here

8 June 2011 at 13:20  
Blogger English Viking said...


You make the classic mistake of assuming that catholics are Christians.

8 June 2011 at 13:38  
Blogger len said...

I am surprised what some of the Atheists actually think Christianity is about,even their 'head spokesperson'
Prof Dawkin`s hasn`t got a clue.
Many practising religion haven`t got a clue either.
All Christians are lumped together and and assumed to be the same.
Iv`e posted this somewhere else but this should be compulsory reading for Atheists and religionists(if that is a word ) everywhere!.

The House of Saul and the House of David by Jacob Prasch.

8 June 2011 at 13:47  
Blogger English Viking said...


Hopefully the Vatican will receive a Mt Gilboa experience as soon as possible.

Shame about Jonathon, but if you lie down with dogs...

8 June 2011 at 14:05  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Mugabe is a tin-pot dictator who only manages to carry out his despotism as the UK daren't say 'no' to him for fear of being branded Colonial Overlords

Not true. Margaret Thatcher and Peter Carrington dumped Rhodesia onto Mugabe at Lancaster House. Tiny Rowland spent a fortune sponsoring Joshua Nkomo as an alternative, but the British Government simply wanted out.

Mugabe was schooled in a Jesuit School by Irish Catholic Missionaries who seem to produce Marxists throughout Africa

8 June 2011 at 14:53  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

Oh do stop giving the likes of English Viking amnunition to throw at the Catholic Church.

There's a hugh difference between attending Catholic services, 'professing' to be a Catholic and actually behaving in a Catholic way.

This lunatic bishop is an Anglican reject who voices support for Mugabe. Has any Catholic spoken on behalf? NO!

Why the Pope and the Vatican do not speak out we don't know. What the Church is doing on the ground to support their fellow christians will not necessarily be made public.

Christians should unite and over this and not seek to score petty points.

(Yes, Viki, I'm referring to you.)

8 June 2011 at 15:01  
Anonymous Piano Wire said...

I do not agree with you Mr. Dodo.
Mugabe is a fascist murderer and should never be offered the host by a priest. There are gays who are refused communion by priests who haven't killed anyone.

I am so tired of the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.It is in need of serious reform and must return to the original precepts of the faith if its going to maintain any credibility

Being a multi billion business operation does not makes this an easy task I suppose.

8 June 2011 at 15:29  
Blogger English Viking said...


Unity at the cost of truth is dangerous and ultimately futile.

As Len points out above, I'll no more unite with a cat-lick than David would with Saul.

BTW The popey, pædo priest hiding, idol worshipping, mammon-grabbing, jew hating, Nazi-collaborating RCC needs absolutely no help whatsoever, from His Grace or anyone else, in providing real Christians with the ammunition they need to prove these scammers the lying thieves they are.

Go to the match, did we?

8 June 2011 at 15:34  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

This story is the very point I attempt to make when I say never trust a Spartan.

People who's only claim to fame was to give the Persians a good licking in a tight passage, leads to the very attitude that has prevailed in British politics for far too long.

Promoting brown tongues has been our ruin, if I am unpopular for my views then I have the brown tongues worried.

Better that than end up like Zimbabwe.

8 June 2011 at 16:21  
Blogger Windsor Tripehound said...

My advice to Bishop Godfrey regarding writing to Lambeth Palace is don't waste the ink.

Over the last few months many of my friends in our congregation and I have written to senior clergy, up to and including the Archbishop of Canterbury, regarding a serious injustice being inflicted on our excellent parish priest. In every case the reply has been in effect, "nothing to do with me guv!".

Don't hold your breath Godfrey.

8 June 2011 at 16:32  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

Viki the Norse Troll

So tiresome ...

Have you troubled to read the reference posted by len? Interesting relio-fiction with elements of science-fiction thrown in. Like all good reads the web link has a basis of sound truth about the problems besetting the modern world, not least of which is secular capitalism and the division of christianity.

BUT REALLY! Do you follow this particular sect? Well, do you?

Do me a favour and try to grow up a bit - 'kitten-lover'.

8 June 2011 at 16:50  
Blogger English Viking said...


I've told you time and time again - I follow none but Christ.

I had no need to read the link, I am familiar with the teachings of Prasch. Just like I am Chesterton, Spurgeon, Studd, Belloc, CHM, Wesley and numerous others. I have numerous copies of their works, and numerous others not listed above.

So what?

I have met Prasch several times, a good few years ago, now; I have shook hands with him and wished him God bless. But I do not follow him, except only so far as he is following Christ, just as Paul instructed.

1 Corinthians 11 v 1

PS If you want science fiction, try 'transubstantiation'.

PPS Try this from Prasch, and answer the questions truthfully, if you wish you criticism of person you know next to nothing about to be taken seriously.

5 Questions for Catholics

8 June 2011 at 18:33  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

Do read a Catholic cathecism!

Question 1 - false understanding of Catholic teaching on purgatory.

Question 2 - misrepresentation of Catholic understanding of 'a' rock and 'the' rock.

Question 3 - misrepresentation of Catholic teaching about Mary and the special Grace she received from God.

Question 4 - partial quotes about the Eucharist and, again, misrepresentation of Catholic teaching.

Question 5 - the poison!

Thank you for this reference. I am now much better equiped to understand the misguided, biblically unsound and hateful criticism coming from some on this site.

8 June 2011 at 19:24  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...


And it is unbecoming of someone who claims to represent Christ to wilfully and explicitly lie about St Paul's teaching on celibacy!

Do read 1 Cor.7

Who's really suffering from the delusion of devils?

8 June 2011 at 19:34  
Blogger English Viking said...


Don't speak to me again, you won't get a reply, you really are a troll.

Not a single straight, reasoned answer, and then piffle on the meaning of 1 Corinthians 7, which concerns the need FOR sexual relations between a man and his wife to prevent immorality.

Only those who were able to control themselves were requested (specifically not ordered) by Paul (specifically not the Lord) to abstain, and those which did not want to were perfectly free to marry. No mention of a celibate priesthood. More lies.

The litany of abuse and sexual misconduct within the RCC priesthood has proven time and time again that they do not possess that self-control.

Enough. Remember - just don't bother. Liar.

8 June 2011 at 19:46  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...


Read all the chapter and compare it with Jesus' teaching on celebacy.

It's you and the other evangelicals who are the liars - twisting scripture to suit your purpose, misrepresenting other christian denominations, distorting 'facts' and spreading dissention and hate.

I will continue to challenge the slander and lies you and your other 'friends' peddle.

Get used to it!

And, once again, thank you for pointing me in the direction of one of your leading gurus. It helps to know the strategy and tactics of one's adversary.

8 June 2011 at 20:36  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Let us hope for once clandestine church communications between Canterbury and Rome agree on a common evil not on these shores .

9 June 2011 at 00:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you see what happens Your Grace? A post on Anglicans being oppressed by the Marxists in Zimbabwe is turned in a Catholic bashing session. Far and away Mugabe's support came from the Commies, but the only Church that has consistently stood athwart the Communists from lands as distant as Vietnam, Mexico, Croatia and Angola now comes in for stick from the Proddie fools.


9 June 2011 at 05:03  
Blogger len said...

Perhaps if Bishop Godfrey Tawonezi said he had discovered oil on his land the West would be rushing to his aid, but the mention that he is a Biblical Christian seems to get little response.
Or am I just being cynical?

Anonymous Ivan,(an Oxymoron? )
'Catholic bashing' or just relating the truth, I suppose it depends if you have been hoodwinked into Catholicism....or not ?.

9 June 2011 at 07:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

len? len?!! what kind of a handle is that. Yes all of us Catholics have been hoodwinked by the Pope and his Dominicans. Only Protestants born more than 1400 after Christ are in possession of the truth.


9 June 2011 at 09:44  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

len and Ivan

The issue is whether the Catholic Church is tacitly supporting Mugabe, not if Catholicism is theologically sound.

There is NO evidence the Catholic Church supports this madman and the fact he visited Rome and received communion (to his own shame) is not evidence.

Let's stick with the facts. Is anyone seriously suggesting it would help the people of Zimbabwe by excommunicating Mugabe?

9 June 2011 at 10:45  
Blogger len said...

Ivan ,
Len is actually my name .
A poor thing but mine own.

9 June 2011 at 11:26  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"I am surprised what some of the Atheists actually think Christianity is about,even their 'head spokesperson'
Prof Dawkin`s hasn`t got a clue."

Dawkins isn't our head spokesperson. Why? Because we're not a collective or organisation. On the whole, we're just people who don't believe in a god or gods. If you think a head spokesperson is a possible role then you don't know much about atheism either.

"All Christians are lumped together and and assumed to be the same."

A bit like atheists then. See above. Lol.

"Iv`e posted this somewhere else but this should be compulsory reading for Atheists and religionists(if that is a word ) everywhere!."

Compulsory reading. That sounds a bit, well, totalitarian. :O

9 June 2011 at 18:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Len,

I post as Anonymous as google messed up password.

Mr Dodo,

Excommunication is reserved for those Catholics who persist in misleading the public as to the Church's core teachings. Mugabe's crimes do not come under its ambit.


10 June 2011 at 02:27  
Blogger len said...


Well, to follow the logic of your statement, the Whole Catholic Church has excommunicated itself!.

So there is hope for it yet.

10 June 2011 at 08:32  
Blogger len said...

Danjo, I think you will find that Atheists are, and do have, an organisation.
How is it that I know more about Atheists than you ?. :)

10 June 2011 at 08:35  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

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10 June 2011 at 17:05  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Len, I'm afraid you're shifting the meaning slightly to get your dig in. I said we're not an organisation or collective, not that no organisations for atheists exist.

We're not like the Church of England which might have a spokesperson. No-one speaks for me as an atheist and I should imagine that's the case for the majority of us.

10 June 2011 at 17:05  

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