The news is out: [Zimbabwe’s government has accused the head of a Catholic bishops congress of stoking division and seeking to create a “genocide” after the group spoke out against alleged rights abuses and economic woes.
On Friday, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC) issued an unusually strong letter deploring the thwarting of anti-government protests on July 31.
The bishops denounced the “unprecedented” crackdown on dissent and weighed in on Zimbabwe’s long-standing social and economic crisis, which the government vehemently denies.
In a statement late Saturday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the letter had been written under the “evil-minded” leadership of ZCBC president Archbishop Robert Ndlovu.
Mutsvangwa accused Ndlovu, a member of Zimbabwe’s Ndebele minority group, of “fanning the psychosis of tribal victimization” and sowing “sins of collective guilt” among the Shona majority.
She likened the archbishop to Athanase Seromba, a Rwandan priest who was found guilty of crimes against humanity for facilitating the killing of Tutsis during the 1994 genocide.
“Ndlovu is inching to lead the Zimbabwe Catholic congregation into the darkest dungeons of the Rwanda-type genocide,” Mutsvangwa said, adding that the letter sought to revive the “perennial vices of division”.
Zimbabwe’s Catholic Lawyers Guild said it was “deeply concerned” by the “vicious tribal attack” on Ndlovu and reiterated the bishops’ unease about “the crisis in Zimbabwe”.
In a statement on Sunday, they demanded “an assurance that no harm will befall the bishops on account of the pastoral letter”.]
It’s time to purge Africa of the manure that is religion. We know what they are up to.