An Anglican bishop has been arrested for bank fraud, theft of the church’s funds and corruption.
The Bishop was arrested on 13 January 2020. He appeared before a court the next day to answer charges of fraud.
Bishop Rt. Rev. Erick Ruwona of Manicaland, Zimbabwe is accused of applying for a $100,000 loan in 2016 from Agribank on behalf of the diocese to finance a building project at St Catherine’s Girls High School in Rusape and to purchase an automobile for the bishop.
Church land was offered to the bank as collateral. However the land was mortgaged without the knowledge or permission of the diocesan standing committee.
To make matters worse, the bishop and his accomplices are accused of pocketing the proceeds of the loan
A second count of bank fraud was levelled against the bishop for taking out a second loan from Agribank for $350,000, using church property as collateral, and then stealing the loan proceeds again.
The third count alleges the bishop and his confederates in the diocesan offices overdrew the diocese’s bank account at Agribank by $250,000 and stole the money.