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Dr. Chad Nicholas Gandiya
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Installed26 July 2009
Term ended31 Dec 2018
PredecessorSebastian Bakare
SuccessorDr Farai Mutamiri

Chad Gandiya is a retired religious leader and former Bishop of the Anglican Church Diocese of Harare of the Church of the Province of Central Africa. Gandiya was elected to the post in 2009 and was consecrated on 26 July 2009 in Harare. He succeeded Bishop Sebastian Bakare.[1] He retired at the end of 2018 and was succeeded by Dr Farai Mutamiri.[2]


Gandiya worked with the Anglican church since the 1970s when he served as a catechist. His formal theological training started with a diploma from Rusitu Bible Institute followed by ordination training at St John’s Nottingham (UK) and post-graduate studies in religious studies at the University of Zimbabwe. He undertook further post-graduate training in medical ethics in the USA and in Zimbabwe.

Gandiya served as parish priest, university chaplain (Zimbabwe and USA), diocesan stewardship officer and lecturer at Bishop Gaul College in Harare, Lansing Community College, USA and United College of the Ascension, Birmingham, UK.

As principal of Bishop Gaul College he managed to have the college registered as an associate college of the University of Zimbabwe.

As desk officer at USPG Anglicans in World Mission, which is a church-based charity working in direct partnership with Anglicans around the world, Gandiya oversaw a wide-range of projects in health, leadership development and education in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

He has served on committees for several organisations including African Enterprise, Institute of Contemporary Christianity and Youth with a Mission.

Gandiya was founder member and chairman of the Aids Counselling Trust (Act) and Anitepam, Christians for the Liberation of South Africa and Third World Personnel Working in Europe.

Anglican Church Disputes

Gandiya made headlines after he successfully appealed against court rulings that favoured the excommunicated Bishop Nolbert Kunonga.

Immediately after assuming his post, Gandiya appealed the court rulings that favoured Kunonga.

In November 2012, a Supreme Court decision ended the six-year dispute between the Anglicans led by Gandiya and Kunonga’s Church of the Province of Zimbabwe.


  1. Faith Zaba, Peace commission: Who will carry Zim’s burden?, The Financial Gazette, Published:2 Apr 2015, Retrieved: 25 Sep 2019
  2. Mutamiri Consecrated As New Anglican Bishop, Replaces Chad Gandiya, Pindula News, Published: 7 Jan 2019, Retrieved: 25 Sep 2019