Monday, 17 August 2020

ED TO RESPOND TO CATHOLIC BISHOPS


PRESIDENT Mnangagwa will today issue a comprehensive response to a pastoral letter from the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana said yesterday.

This comes in the wake of letter by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference to the President, which was widely distributed to alll local media organisations. The letter resonated with the manufactured-crisis mantra raised by opposition political parties keen on attracting international spotlight on Zimbabwe after failing to win the 2018 Presidential pebliscite.

It also comes as the Church has apparently ignored President Mnangagwa’s open door policy which has often seen organisations from different backgrounds engaging with the Government on different levels.

In a post on micro-blogging platform Twitter, Mr Mangwana said “regarding issues around the Pastoral Letter by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference, President Mnangagwa is going to issue a comprehensive statement tomorrow (today)”. 

The Government has denounced the pastoral letter for failing to appreciate that Zimbabwe, just like the rest of the world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic and on top of that is also groaning under the unjustified load of economic sanctions.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa described the letter as unacceptable while Mr Mangwana said the letter does not reflect what is on the ground.

The pastoral letter that the Catholic Church recently published triggered a storm in the country with fresh questions being raised on the “nefarious relationship” between the Church and the country’s detractors.

The pastoral letter comes hard on the heels of an anti-Zimbabwe campaign on social media which sought to manufacture a non-existent crisis in the country that was led by the remnants of the G40 faction, the country’s opposition and some misinformed politicians in South Africa and the region at large.
  
However, attempts to soil the image of the Second Republic have hit a brick wall as the region has ignored calls by the country’s detractors to put Zimbabwe on the agenda at the ongoing SADC Summit, that is being held virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Herald

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