Gabellah, Elliot Mdutshwa
1923 to 1988
African Orthodox Church / The
Gospel of God Church
South Africa / Zimbabwe
Elliot Mdutshwa Gabella was born in Zimbabwe in 1923 and was
one of a family of five. He was educated at St. Cyprian's Primary School and the
Domboshawa Agricultural College near Harare (Chronicle, 10-Oct-1988).
He was an agricultural demonstrator at Kezi, Gwanda, Filabusi and Plumtree,
1944-1950, and was assistant organising commissioner for the Boy Scouts. He
studied theology first at Adams College, Natal, and later at Indianapolis
University (Chronicle, 10-Oct-1988).
He joined Masowe's Apostles in Port Elizabeth in the 1950s, and later became
a Muslim for a time. He formed a Bureau of Bantu Churches in 1962, and in 1967
assisted with the administration of the African Orthodox Church. In the 1970s he
became involved in Rhodesian politics (Sundkler 1976:300-302).
He studied homeopathic medicine at a South Indian institution in the early
1960s. He returned to Zimbabwe in 1970, where he joined the African National
Council led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, and was elected vice president of that
body. In 1978 he joined Ndabaningi Sithole's Zanu, and in 1980 he joined ZANU
He ran a training college for homeopathic medicine, which was controversial,
as it was declared bogus by the Ministry of Health and some nurses who attended.
In 1988 nurses boycotted classes, and demanded that their qualifications be
recognised by the Ministry of Health (Chronicle, 10-Oct-1988).
He was ordained by the African Orthodox Chuch in the USA, and was Patriarchal
Administrator for the church in South Africa for a time (Prominent Rhodesian
Sundkler 1976. Zulu Zion and some Swazi Zionists.
Dillon-Malone 1978. The Korsten Basketmakers: A study of
the Masowe apostles, an indigenous African religious movement.
Manchester. Manchester University Press.
Prominent Rhodesian Personalities 1978,
1977. Cover Publicitiy Services: Salisbury. ISBN 0-7974-0292-6.
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