Surely...time for mea culpa

HARARE - There were times, in the midst of Zimbabwe’s seemingly never-ending crisis, when colleagues of ours swore that, in a few hours, some very higher-ups in Zanu PF would blame The Almighty for all the party’s troubles.

With a Catholic at the head of the party? Some of us asked incredulously.

One cynical friend, as devout and dedicated as the rest of us, put in with a sigh of resignation: “This is politics. There are no limits.”

This is one area of argument which many Catholics seem to ignore when they discuss politics and their religion.

In other religions, some people argue, religion and politics can be easily mixed, with no automatic explosive arguments to follow.

Apparently, because President Robert Mugabe has blamed everybody else — except his party and himself — for all the unending crises we have been landed into — the next person he must surely saddle with the problem is God Himself.

Would The Lord, even with his boundless record of forgiveness, let Mugabe off the hook, even if He did seem to forgive him in the Grace Marufu affair in which there were loud calls for his excommunication from the church.

Among many Catholics in Zimbabwe there must be much gnashing of teeth over this whole status of Mugabe as a truly devout Catholic.

There was much anger among Catholics when Mugabe used very foul language to describe some of what he descried as Amai Mujuru’s conduct.

Most thought he ought to have moderated his language, if only to let the Lord know that he was  still a devout Catholic in Word and Deed.

But many devout Catholics fear that, perhaps in search of sacrificial lambs, Mugabe might indeed appeal to the Lord to be the one to smash the final nail into Mujuru’s coffin.

Of course, it would not work because, in all his accusations against the former VP, Mugabe has not come up with the sort of Sin that would entitle God to dish out any serious punishment.

Even Mugabe must know by now that being president of a country does not entitle you to “bigger things” than other ordinary mortals.

Meanwhile, Mugabe seems to have got himself into a bit of a problem with the judges of the Supreme Court.

It’s a great surprise that none of them has said they are on the point of quitting en masse over the business of the workers and their employers.

Very rarely do judges and presidents have such open quarrels in public.

It can happen only if the judges are certain that the president would not fire them.

We have to remember that the late Justice Wilson Sandura, in the famous Willowgate scandal, stuck to his guns until the end.

- Meanwhile, what is left of our dignity as a country while the scandalising of many citizens continues unabated.

This includes the diminution of all people who can be said to belong to “the Mugabe camp” — whichever this turns out to be to the outside world.

- But above all, whatever was left of the dignity of Zimbabwe is fast diminishing as other countries watch us trying to tear each other apart, politically and economically.

- What most people await, with bated breath, is Mugabe’s complete change of heart. It may not constitute a staunch and unequivocal Mea Culpa.

- What it might do is to “undo” whatever damage this unseemly exchange of dirty language has caused to the dignity of the country.

This is assuming that all of us, including the unnamed combatants in this dirty saga, know it’s the country’s future at stake…not individuals.

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