The furore created by the private and predominantly pro-Western print and electronic media over the recent visit to Zimbabwe by Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and his subsequent elevation to a demigod, ostensibly for confronting President Robert Mugabe on the alleged persecution of Anglicans in the country, is but a storm in a teacup.
Rather than serving as a pedestal on which to hero-worship Williams, the meeting offered a rare opportunity for outsiders to witness the hallmarks of true leadership that His Excellency embodies which, we in Zimbabwe who have known the man for the better part of his life, have come to take for granted.
Among the attributes, too numerous to detail, President Mugabe displayed consistency in his conviction of what is right and wrong. His condemnation of homosexuality, which Dr. Williams prefers to term “same sex liaisons” is a matter of public record.
I mean, surely, if pigs and dogs have been perfectly schooled by nature on what constitutes male and female, there is no reason why humans, as stewards of the Lord’s Garden, should fall short!
As a strong leader, President Mugabe has not baulked on homosexuality, even under threat of physical harm from gay gangsters such as the ignoble Peter Tatchel and billionaire Sir Richard Bronson, whose marriage to Joan Templeman is rumoured to be a sham.
For starters, homosexuals in the West wield incredible influence by virtue of being a significantly wealthy and vocal thread, woven into that society by a faulty loom to the extent that they influence the scope and direction of politics and industry and commerce.
They only play second fiddle to the Jewish lobby in terms of influence. Ask actor and film director, Mel Gibson.
Buju Banton, a Jamaican musician who riled the West with his strong anti-homosexual lyrics and is currently serving a ten-year jail sentence for a drug conviction, can attest to that as well.
The best way to tackle differences is to address issues as opposed to personalities, and the President is seized by this commitment, the reason behind the granting of audience to Archbishop Williams, which is more than can be said of the previous Labour government of Tony Blair.
The former British Premier had a knack of ducking and diving meetings with President Mugabe, particularly at international forums, even when such opportunities presented themselves. Incidents that easily come to mind include previous United Nations General Assemblies, summits and during the funeral of the late Pope John Paul II.
In Rome, when faced with the prospect of coming face to face with President Mugabe, Blair bolted leaving the-then Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, who literally had to be dragged whining to accept a friendly and, I must admit, firm handshake from His Excellency.
If only UK politicians were as brave and selfless as Robert Gabriel Mugabe!
The issue of Anglican Church squabbles is before the country’s competent courts. For Archbishop Williams to ask in “clearest possible terms that President Mugabe use his powers to put an end to all abusive and illegal behaviour” is tantamount to asking for the executive’s interference with the judiciary.
Morgan Tsvangirai might have tried to use his influence to subvert the law in a case involving the MDC-T treasurer general, Roy Bennett, but then, His Excellency is a perceptive gentleman and understands quite clearly the notion of separation of powers.
President Mugabe has never sought to align himself with either any of the Anglican Church factions, neither has he ducked meeting church leaders nor sought to malign anyone.
On the contrary, he has embraced them all, either in circumstances of worship, education or on national issues affecting the country.
He has met protagonists Nolbert Kunonga and Chad Gandiya, Trevor Manhanga, Emmanuel Makandiwa, Ezekiel Guti, Nehemiah Mutendi, and many other Christian leaders. Needless to point out that he has been extremely appreciative and supportive of private and personal initiatives in the field of education, as evidenced by the establishment of Universities by some of these churches. Any attempt to pronounce him otherwise is not true!
In the diplomatic circles, the President has reached out to the British establishment and her western allies as part of efforts to mend rifts caused by the bilateral disagreement that Zimbabwe has with her former colonial master.
Despite rebuffing of previous overtures, the current Conservative administration of David Cameron appears to hold hopes for re-engagement and normalization of relations.
The meeting also exposed the blatant complicity of the Anglican Church, aka the Church of England, in the regime change agenda and persecution of Zimbabwe and her people through imposition of illegal sanctions.
Where was the Church of England when sanctions were imposed and what is the church doing to redeem the sins of its politicians? For the Archbishop to be non-committal in his evaluation of the presence and impact of the illegal sanctions is as shattering as the loud silence on the homosexuality aberration.
Guest Post By Ray Utsiwegota