By George Vhudzi
Born in 1968 and bred in Gweru Bishop Nyandoro, ordained priest at 30 in 1998, pursued philosophical studies from 1991 to 1994 at St. Charles Lwanga major seminary of Chimanimani, Mutare and completed his theological course in Chishawasha, Harare.
In 2015, he got a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from the University of South Africa.
He has held the following pastoral posts within the diocese of Masvingo; vicar in the Mukaru Mission (1999), director of the Cathedral (2000-06), and rector of the minor seminary (2007-09) and of the Bondolfi Teachers’ College (2010-15).
In 2015, he served as chancellor of the bishopric of Masvingo and professor at the Bondolfi Teachers’ College.
He succeeded Bishop Angel Floro Martínez, I.E.M.E., as Bishop of Gokwe in 2017.
His ordainment comes to course after the risen tension between the Zimbabwean government and the Catholic Church.
This came after the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC) issued a pastoral letter in August, stating corruption, poverty and human rights abuses by the government. They also highlighted a need for urgent resolution to the country’s economic and political challenges.
“The struggle in Zimbabwe has resulted in a multi layered crisis of convergence of economic collapse, deepening poverty, food insecurity, and human rights abuses.
Corruption has reached alarming levels, fear runs down the spine of many of our people today. The crackdown on dissent is unprecedented,” the bishops said in the letter that was read to the church’s congregants country wide during mass services.
The letter however angered President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government with authorities warning the bishops to choose between the pulpit and politics.
“It is most unfortunate when man of the cloth begin to use the pulpit to advance a nefarious agenda for detractors of our country. Those who want to enter the political realm are welcome to do so. They must come out and form political parties and as ZANU Pf we are prepared for the 2023 elections”, said the ruling party.