Anglicans in Zimbabwe say pro-Mugabe clerics are disrupting churches

Harassment by police
Anglicans in Zimbabwe say that clerics loyal to President Robert Mugabe have marshalled the national police to disrupt services in the country’s capital city of Harare.

For instance, police went to the parishioners of St. Michael’s Mbare church on December 6 and told them to vacate their church ahead of the Sunday service. The parishioners refused to move and demanded to see written court documents, said the Association of Zimbabwe Journalists.

The account by the journalists’ group said that an inspector who led the police action stated they were acting on “orders and instructions from above” but that he failed to produce written evidence of the instructions.

Bishop Chad Gandiya of the Anglican Diocese of Harare of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, who had been at St. Michael’s to confirm 100 people, said rogue police officers were abusing their office instead of maintaining law and order.


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