Anglican leader - Mugabe must end attacks

2011-10-10 21:24

Harare - The Archbishop of Canterbury said on Monday he asked President Robert Mugabe to end attacks on Anglicans in Zimbabwe, where a renegade bishop has forced the faithful out of their churches.

"We have asked in the clearest possible terms that the president use his powers as head of state to put an end to all unacceptable and illegal behaviour," Rowan Williams said after a two-hour meeting with Mugabe.

"Today we were able to present President Mugabe with a dossier compiled by bishops in Zimbabwe which gives a full account of the abuses to which our people and our church have been subject," he said.

"It was a very candid meeting, disagreements were expressed clearly, but I think in a peaceful manner."

"As representatives of the Anglican Communion and with the support of ecumenical friends worldwide, we strongly and unequivocally support the efforts of ordinary Anglicans to worship in peace and to minister to the spiritual and material needs of their communities."

Excommunicated bishop Nolbert Kunonga has seized all of the Anglican Church's property in Harare and laid claim to 3 800 properties in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries.

Kunonga, who has praised Catholic Mugabe as a "true son of God", has backed the president's violent land reform programme and endorsed his condemnation of homosexuality.

Kunonga was excommunicated from the Anglican Church over disagreements about the church's stance toward gays.

But Williams said the debate over homosexuality was "a distracting tactic to take people's attention away from the real issues".

"The church of the province of central Africa shares the general Anglican Communion position on homosexuality," he said.

"That is, it is not allowed, the same-sex blessings. That it is not encouraged, the ordination of people in homosexual partnerships. And that is common ground."

  • Fakmore - 2011-10-10 21:58

    The Archbishop is a GAY ACTIVIST....WAIT till tomorrow to hear the choice words Mugabe will have used to explain that Gays are worse than Pigs and dogs and need to be treated.

      PinkandProud - 2011-10-11 01:37

      Fakmore, you are worse than a pig and need treatment. Lower than a piece of dog shyte on a shoe.

      zaatheist - 2011-10-11 08:18

      Is it not wondrous to behold how many loudmouthed, hate spewing, holier than thou homophobes turn out to be a homosexual liars.

      Felix - 2011-10-11 11:19

      P&P, I think Fakmore is dissing Bob... Not the gay brigade.

      W Mukori - 2011-10-11 14:56

      What have the innocent Zimbabweans to do with it?

  • Michael McN - 2011-10-11 03:38

    "Whatsoever thou dost to the least of My brothers", Jesus said, "that ye do unto Me."

  • zaatheist - 2011-10-11 04:39

    Where is your god, Rowan? You must have repeatedly asked him for help but he just ignores you. And Mugsy remains in power doing as he pleases. There is no god so just stop wasting your time.

      W Mukori - 2011-10-11 14:59

      So we should let Kunonga and Mugabe to continue to ride rough shod over innocent people?

      robbo - 2011-10-11 17:57

      Psalm 14:1

  • TRC911 - 2011-10-11 11:35

    To the Bishop: please stop acquiring fame by trying to smear african leaders with've got more important issues at home to focus like the recent spat between the catholics and protestants...

      W Mukori - 2011-10-11 15:04

      Mugabe has smeared more than just mud over himself. It is Mugabe and not Dr Williams who has murdered over 20 000 during the mod 1980s alone.

      daaivark - 2011-10-12 09:17

      With respect, TRC, The Archbishop does not need to seek fame. He is leader of one of the larger Christian churches and is pretty well known and widely respected. Are you perhaps suggesting that the Mugabe backed take-over of church assets and persecution of innocent people is justifiable? On what rational grounds would that be? Are you familiar with the concept of rationale?

  • W Mukori - 2011-10-11 14:52

    Yes all this talk about gays and sanctions are nothing but "a distracting tactic to take people's attention away from the real issues" by Mugabe and Kunonga. Kunonga should stop harassing innocent Anglicans and Mugabe should end the violence in his ruthless drive to deny the people of Zimbabwe their basic and fundamental right to a free vote.

  • mabsie - 2011-10-12 01:22

    Silly man! Speaking to an old deaf tyrant who laughs behind your stupid back. Go home.

      daaivark - 2011-10-12 09:20

      So because he is trying to deal with stubborn powerfreaks and attempting to get those thugs to see reason, albeit without much success, he must just throw up his hands and let the status quo fester forth, Mabsie? In what way is that possibly of any use to anyone? Do explain your wisdom, please.

  • Taf - 2011-10-12 09:03

    I am not pro gay, but I have always believed what happens behind people's closed doors is nobody's damn business. And who are to pass judgement, hetero's are the biggest cheaters around, . . .so which is the worse of two evils. Then again condemnation coming from some1 who admitted to killing 20,000+ people . . .I dont think so. Should they not be worrying about skeletons in their closets, seeing they have so many.

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