Mugabe blasts Catholic Bishops, labels them MDC people
KUTAMA, Zvimba – The increasingly insecure Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has savaged catholic bishops for what he said continued criticism of his tyranny through their pastoral letters and accused them of peddling the MDC agenda.
Mugabe was speaking at Kutama College in Zvimba where he was guest of honour at the official opening of a hostel block.
A staunch catholic himself, President Mugabe says he has done a lot to support his church and the general populace of Zimbabwe and was the author of the upgrading of Kutama Mission, his former school and birthplace.
Last month, Mugabe went to the Vatican, in Rome, Italy for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.
An EU travel ban forbids him from visiting member states but the Vatican, where the ceremony took place, is a sovereign state and not in the EU, and so they welcomed him.
A Vatican spokesman said Mr Mugabe had not been personally invited but as the head of a state with which the Vatican has relations he was entitled to attend.
At Kutama Mugabe told the gathering comprising school children, teachers, government ministers and high ranking officials from government and the business community that while other churches where he is not a member, are grateful and appreciate his contribution to various communities and the country as a whole, his own church through the catholic bishops pastoral letter takes every opportunity to criticise him.
In one of the pastoral letters, the catholic bishops have called on Mugabe and his party Zanu PF to fully implement the GPA including the issue of the appointment of RBZ Governor and Attorney-General Johannes Tomana, and he has categorical denied that these issues were part of the GPA and that they will never be implemented.
He said by peddling the MDC agenda, the catholic bishops are dabbling in politics and siding with the MDC which was created by the British to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.
He said Zimbabwean nationalists, including himself, sacrificed their all in the struggle for independence, to ensure the total freedom of the people and not for money, adding that he remains committed and dedicated to preserving that freedom and independence.
Mugabe said he played a major role in the upgrading of Kutama College through the construction of the Kutama Day School.
He said he was also the driving force behind the establishment of an A-level classroom block at the school, the erection of a computer laboratory, the upgrading of Father Ohea hospital and many other projects.
Meanwhile, on Thursday Mugabe officially opened a new state of the art hostel at Kutama College in Zvimba.
The hostel block which is the brain child of Robert Mugabe himself was built by the Kutama Old Boys Association.
Mugabe was accompanied to Kutama College by his wife Grace Mugabe.
Several government ministers, including Emmerson Mnangagwa, Dr Ignatius Chombo, Dr Joseph Made, Dr Douglas Mombeshora, Lazarus Dokora, Walter Chidhakwa, Dr Gideon Gono and DDF boss, James Jonga who played various roles towards the realisation of the project were in attendance.
Mugabe began his speech at the occasion by narrating how after the liberation war, the school was in a dilapidated state and how he and other late former students such as Hebert Munangatire and Professor Kahari came up with the idea of forming the Kutama Old Boys Association in the 1980s.
Several programmes and projects were carried out to upgrade the school.
Mugabe wound up his speech by announcing a donation of an LCD television for the new hostel.