Mugabe going to Vatican despite ban

2011-04-29 22:17

Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe will attend Sunday's beatification ceremony for late pope John Paul II, despite the EU travel ban against him, his spokesperson said.

"He was invited and he will attend," Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba told AFP on Friday, but declined to give details on his travel, citing security concerns.

Mugabe, a Catholic who has been widely condemned for human rights abuses, also attended John Paul II's funeral in 2005 despite the 2002 travel ban - a visit that drew controversy because Britain's Prince Charles shook hands with him.

The Vatican earlier said Mugabe would attend the ceremony. The 87-year-old has been barred from travelling to the European Union for the last decade, under a ban imposed over concerns about vote rigging and human rights abuses.

The Vatican is a sovereign state that is not part of the European Union, although Mugabe would have to transit through the Italian capital of Rome.

Travelling under United Nations auspices, Mugabe also came to Rome in 2008 for a summit of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The ban has done little to stop Mugabe's other globe-trotting. He has made three known trips to Singapore so far this year, for medical checks for himself and his wife Grace.

With his own country's health system in tatters after 31 years of his rule, Mugabe uses doctors in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for his own medical needs.

Grace Mugabe has reportedly dislocated her hip and received treatment in Singapore.

President Mugabe officially had eye checks in Singapore, though British media reported in January that he underwent a prostate operation in Kuala Lumpur - a report the ageing leader dismissed as "naked lies".

  • william.botha - 2011-04-29 22:36

    A catholic? How colic is that?

      william.botha - 2011-04-29 22:39


  • jock van wyk - 2011-04-29 23:22

    Dear Bob,dont you know that the pope is a white ou that thinks that you are bonkers

  • FarmerBrown - 2011-04-29 23:34

    Arrest him .... if they dont it shows quite how spineless the western culture is .

  • Yoni - 2011-04-29 23:40

    That's the same Pope whose organisation has been turning a blind eye to child molesting by priests for many decades. Pope John Paul II or any other human is as much a saint as McGarbage is. One good Henry VIII did was to chase the Catholics off his island.

  • Tom - 2011-04-30 00:16

    Catholics everywhere should be disgusted and ashamed that this evil murderous thug has been invited to the Vatican. Considering that Mugabe is "Catholic" and has a Jesuit for a spritual advisor it makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Foreigner - 2011-04-30 00:20

    That's the closest he and Grace are gonna get to their beloved Harrods. Boy do they miss the place. Couldn't believe he was left out Kate's wedding so sneaking into Europe via UN meetings satisfy his appetite for any European capital he can land on. Despite all his vitriol towards European capitals he misses that continent alright. Relocate the same meetings to any African city and you can be sure he won't bother attending. Not only is he a hypocrite and a criminal but a typical demented African despot. The names Idi Amin and Laurent Gbagbo comes to mind.

      Yoni - 2011-04-30 08:20

      Yeah, but in all these years I've never, not even once, heard that McGarbage visited or donated money to his endangered gentle cousins in Rwanda. Seems like only Jane Goodall cares about them...

  • FarmerBrown - 2011-04-30 01:13

    Mugabe wants to hedge his bets for the next life. Hes dead but he won't lie down!!Cant wait for that scum to take his last breath.

  • FarmerBrown - 2011-04-30 01:17

    Actually come to think of it the catholics are on the same playing field as Bob. If you sleep with dogs don't be surprised if you wake up with fleas !

  • FarmerBrown - 2011-04-30 01:22

    The Catholic church has absolutely no respect for the thousands who died at the hands of this despicable individual..... and they claim the moral high ground. Maybe Satan is an option!

  • ewald - 2011-04-30 02:05

    Soon he'll be travelling to hell too..despite the EU ban. Bon Voyage Bob.

      Gatvol - 2011-04-30 06:31

      I don't think that the race card will fly with God

  • KEITH - 2011-04-30 06:16

    Hope they arrest the f---er in Rome

  • Gatvol - 2011-04-30 06:26

    The Police should wait for him at the Vatican's gates and arrest him as he arrives. Problem solved on many levels

      Crabapple1 - 2011-04-30 06:59

      Arrest him??? There are better ways to get rid of the "bosbobbejaan".... permanently!

      Gatvol - 2011-04-30 08:58

      There are certainly more satisfying ways like a bullet through the head, but let's stick to the things that the international community would do, like charge him with crimes against humanity for one.

      pig - 2011-04-30 10:26

      why not at the airport ???

  • PMG - 2011-04-30 07:20

    The vermin catholics are as bad as that piece of sh@t Mugabe - How many humans have lost there lives at the hands of the catholics over the ages? Much more than any modern war,ie,the crusades,the spanish enquisition,the mayan slaughter and the list goes on - not to mention those disgusting peodophilic priests,Mugabe and the Pope are actually one and the same,they deserve each other.

      GHL - 2011-04-30 10:19

      It seems people forget that Christ came to save sinners. Instead of the Vatican pretending that Mugabe doesn't exist, why not try to turn him to Christ? Please also brush up on your history. The Crusades, Inquisition etc. was completely distorted by the anti-Catholic propaganda of the 19th century. If it weren't for the Crusades, Europe would be completely under Muslim rule. If it wasn't for the Inquisition thousands more would have died at the hands of bloodthirsty illiterate kings who wanted to execute people for heresy left and right. Let's not forget that the Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental charity organization on the planet.

      piet.strydom - 2011-04-30 17:38

      @GHL - and your sources are?

      GHL - 2011-04-30 20:20

      @piet.strydom The sources are legion. I can give you links to many online articles, but personally I find that the Internet is not a very reliable source of information (though if you want I can still point you to these). Prof. Thomas E. Woods (if you'd like his credentials I can give them too) wrote a book titled "How the Catholic Church built Western Civilization" which is very enlightening and puts the history of the Church in its proper perspective. Prof. Thomas F. Madden, a professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University, USA also wrote a number of books including "New Concise History of the Crusades". Both these books contain rather lengthy bibliographies and references to many modern historians. There are so many others: "The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision" by Henry Kamen; "The Inquisition" by Fernand Hayward; "The Spanish Inquisition: A Second Look" etc. etc. etc. With the exception of the first two historians, all of the others are non-Catholic. And even the two Catholic historians quote and reference non-Christian modern historians many times.

  • croix - 2011-04-30 07:22

    Nothing like a quick & free shopping spree in Rome, whilst the greater Zim population is living in wretched poverty. Self-centred old swine! Viva change! Viva death of the tyrants! Viva!

  • Lieb - 2011-04-30 07:31

    He is a Jesuit and belongs to the Order of Malta. THAT is why he is stil in his position.He is untouchable and being protected by the Pope.The most modern Jesuit Training Centre was recently build in Zim. Malema didn't go there to visit Mugabe; He went to the Jesuit school....

  • RVQ - 2011-04-30 08:08

    "He was invited" - What!? Makes you wonder about the catholic faith...

  • diranp - 2011-04-30 08:26

    He has to pass through Italian soil before he enters the Vatican? So why don't the Italians arrest him? Goes to show he fears nobody, very scary to think and also the Pop has probally arrange his safe passage. Politics Politics Politics...

  • CPII - 2011-04-30 08:56

    I understand a coffin with many holes in is being prepared for the doddering old relic. It will allow the worms to get out and puke har har har…

  • Sarah Jane - 2011-04-30 09:15

    His human rights abuses are the highest in the world! He listens to no one the Pope invites him (thats also very worrying )the EU cant control him - so there is no hope for the poor zimbabwe people !

  • Poaul Zwarts - 2011-04-30 09:16

    So, a corrupt despot with no regard for people's lives is going to meet with Robert Mugabe..

      vtowntekkie - 2011-04-30 09:26

      Well said!

  • To The Point - 2011-04-30 09:23

    Mugabe the only creature who does not need to hire a an ape suit when attending a fancy dress or “King Kong” party – his invitation reads "come as you are" Grace obviously dislocated her hip trying to get her big ugly feet into delicate Italian designer shoes which she insists on wearing. Mugabe at the Vatican but he is a disciple of satin and the image of evil and stupidity. What is the lifespan of an ape?

      Yoni - 2011-04-30 10:57

      Oi! I represent the Endangered Gorilla Trust and they take serious offence at you calling McGarbage an ape. He is not one of them, only a distant second removed cousin...

  • Errol - 2011-04-30 09:23

    How could the Vatican invite him? It is beyond comprehension.

      SayWhat? - 2011-04-30 10:23

      The Vatican showing their true colours..

  • Raymond Rich - 2011-04-30 09:30

    Pathetic!!! Absolute disgrace to all religious believes in the world. Here is a man that has failed his country, the humanity of his people and lives in absolute wealth, when his own nation starves. There is a legal travel ban against him, which would mean that every time he travels out of his country he is guilty of a criminal offence. Still the Roman Catholic Church invites him to world event. To add to this, there is not one religion that condemns this. Cannot help think who support criminals?

      SayWhat? - 2011-04-30 10:26

      Vatican = Ancient oppressors Controlled people with religion, time people get rid of them aswell!

  • za101 - 2011-04-30 09:40

    no better time for zimbabweans to begin their revolution

  • za101 - 2011-04-30 09:44

    we will see how many leaders attend mugabes state funeral. very sad. might be like saddam hussien : 0

  • ILOVEME - 2011-04-30 19:17

    LOL - is he going for confession?.....Forgive me Pope for I have sinned against humanity.

  • GHL - 2011-05-03 10:37 The Vatican has said it was not comfortable with President Robert Mugabe’s presence  at yesterday’s beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.

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