Zimbabwe to meet Vatican envoy over Catholic bishops’ criticism

first_imgZimbabwe summons UK envoy over Sibusiso Moyo assault Zimbabwe government, unions set to meet for talks to avert strike ZIMBABWE POWER TRANSITIONcenter_img Zimbabwean Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi is congratulated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo Zimbabwean Minister of Justice Ziyambi Ziyambi is congratulated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File PhotoZimbabwe’s government on Wednesday said it had sought a meeting with the Vatican representative to understand whether Catholic bishops who accused it of human rights abuses and cracking down on critics were speaking on behalf of the Holy See.Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi described a pastoral letter written by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference last weekend as “inappropriately prescriptive and grossly disrespectful”.The bishops’ strongly worded letter said the country had a multi-layered crisis, including economic collapse, deepening poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses.Inflation running at more than 800% is the clearest sign of the worst economic crisis in over a decade and has evoked memories of hyperinflation under former president Robert Mugabe, whose 37-year rule was ended by an army coup in 2017.Ziyambi said Harare authorities took offense to the bishop’s description of the government, headed by Mugabe’s replacement, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as lacking the knowledge, skill, or emotional stability to resolve Zimbabwe’s political and economic problems.“The statement constitutes an outright insult on the person of President E.D. Mnangagwa and his entire government, and is couched in language decidedly unbecoming of an institution such as the Catholic Church,” said Ziyambi.“Government is compelled to engage the Vatican in order to ascertain whether or not such statements reflect the official attitude of the Holy See towards Zimbabwe’s leadership or whether these are merely the views of the various individuals concerned.”Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo would meet the local Vatican representative, said Ziyambi.Relatedlast_img