Robert Mugabe enjoyed God’s protection says Catholic priest

Robert Mugabe enjoyed God’s protection says Catholic priest

Robert Mugabe’s chaplain believes that God ‘protected’ the Zimbabwean dictator during his 37-years rule, which ended today with displays of wild jubilation.

According to this report, Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Jesuit priest and close confidant to Mugabe, led the mediations between the devoutly Catholic 93-year-old ruler and the military chiefs who recent took control of the country in a bid to keep the tyrant in power.

Mukonori, pictured above with the President in 1991, has been chaplain to Mugabe and his family since he came to power. Their friendship goes further back to the 1970s after the former guerrilla fighter was released from prison under Ian Smith’s regime in what was then Southern Rhodesia.

Mukonori has worked with The Center for Peace Initiatives in Africa (CPIA) and has given the blessing at each anniversary celebration, adamant in his support and approval of the leader.

Describing one of his first meetings with Mugabe in 1974, Father Mukonori wrote in Zimbabwean newspaper The Sunday Mail:

I saw a simple, unassuming person one could listen to intently. This person before me was totally different from the one described in the Rhodesian media.

One would have imagined that President Mugabe and Vice-President Joshua Nkomo were man-eaters, but to the contrary, I met a soft-spoken gentleman.

As a spiritual leader to Mugabe Father Mukonori saw his faith side which he insisted was genuine.

Robert Mugabe moved in the battlefield with the rosary in his pocket. Robert Mugabe would be saying his rosary sitting in the car, Robert would say his rosary flying on the plane. He flew thousands of miles every year during the war. He was a moving target all the time but he always prayed.

I don’t think people knew how much he dedicated himself to the spiritual life which he still believes very fervently, very strongly today. The number of attempts on his life, the number is incredible; during the war, after the war: is it his own cleverness, is it the excellence of his State security apparatus? I am sure it is God who has saved his life.

Not infallible: Mugabe took a tumble in 2015.

On learning of Mugabe long-overdue departure, The UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) issued a statement welcoming:

The end of the brutal homophobic tyrant Robert Mugawe’s rule.

The statement said:

Mugabe, leader of Zimbabwe since 1980, has actively carried out actions against LGBT people and spoken out in public against homosexuality.
Mugabe received worldwide criticism for comments he made on 1 August 1995 after coming across a stall set up by the Association of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) at the country’s annual International Book Fair in Harare. GALZ, founded in 1989 to facilitate communication within the gay community, had not received much attention from the government beforehand.

Mugabe’s comments after seeing the stall at the book fair were ‘I find it extremely outrageous and repugnant to my human conscience that such immoral and repulsive organisations, like those of homosexuals, who offend both against the law of nature and the cultural norms espoused by our society, should have any advocates in our midst and elsewhere in the world.’
Two weeks later during Zimbabwe’s annual independence celebrations Mugabe proclaimed:
‘Homosexuality degrades human dignity. It’s unnatural, and there is no question ever of allowing these people to behave worse than dogs and pigs. If dogs and pigs do not do it, why must human beings? We have our own culture, and we must re-dedicate ourselves to our traditional values that make us human beings … What we are being persuaded to accept is sub-animal behaviour and we will never allow it here. If you see people parading themselves as lesbians and gays, arrest them and hand them over to the police.’
Referring to pressures to decriminalise homosexuality, Mugabe told the UN in 2015 ‘We reject attempts to prescribe new rights that are contrary to our values, our norms, traditions and beliefs.’
Mugabe was invited to attend the beatification of Paul John Paul at the Vatican in 2011. Despite his Marxist pretensions and passionate rhetoric against the West, Mugabe has long been an admirer of the Catholic Church. Born at a Catholic mission station in British-ruled Southern Rhodesia, he attended Jesuit schools. Perhaps as a result, the Vatican has tended to give Mugabe a free pass.

PTT Secretary George Broadhead commented:

Mugabe must rank as one of the worst homophobic leaders worldwide and his cosy relations with the Vatican are hardly surprising. Let’s hope that the new regime will be truly democratic and respect human rights.

16 responses to “Robert Mugabe enjoyed God’s protection says Catholic priest”

  1. Broga says:

    Mugabe and his detestable wife robbed Zimbabwe of £millions, lived in guilded splendour and treated opponents abominably while the population starved. Yes, a most appropriate representation of their God.

  2. AgentCormac says:

    Being a tyrannical character himself, I’m not surprised that god approves of despots like Mugabe.

  3. L.Long says:

    Gawd protected him? What? Just like the gun carrying xtians in USA in churches are protected? By fire power, or holey power??? Guess which one really works!

  4. Cali Ron says:

    “I am sure it was god who saved his life ” Really? Silly me, I thought it was controlling the military. So their loving God protected a murdering despot. Another reason to be an atheist.

  5. John G says:

    I am not one who espouses the idea that virulent homophobes are all secretly gay themselves (despite the many past and recent examples) but I have always wondered about Mugabe. There is a good film ‘Do I Sound Gay’? Watch that and then listen to comrade Mugabe.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Funny the types who benefit from the protection of The Almighty. It certainly doesn’t seem to be the poor, the weak, and the powerless of this world, as one would imagine. I was watching again an episode of Nazi Hunters last evening, featuring John Demjanjuk (“Ivan the Terrible”) and Klaus Barbie (“The Butcher of Lyon”), and what a surprise to find that Barbie evaded capture for so long not because he enjoyed the patronage of brutal, fascist South American dictators but “the protection of God”! Fat lot of good it did him in the end,as he died in prison.

    “When I stand before the throne of God, I shall be judged innocent.”

    What a comforting thought that must have been to him (he was from a Catholic family, and Croatian Catholic clergy aided his escape to S. America).

    More choice quotes here:

  7. StephenJP says:

    @barriejohn, there are times when I almost wish there was a judgement after death, if only so that the likes of Barbie and Demjanjuk could be brought face to face with the consequences of their actions in life.

    Almost, but not quite. Even if there were such a judgement, I don’t think I could trust the Almighty to come to the right decision.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    Sorry to go OT. But, utterly dumbfounded, I’ve just finished watching a TV documentary about scientology. I hope Bob Hutton watched it too as I’m sure we would both agree that deluded devotees such as Tom Cruise are, surely, not only among the most gullible people on the planet, but are also directly responsible for entrapping other credulous individuals into committing themselves to the same transparently nonsensical bullshit. Bullshit which deprives them of their ability to think; bullshit which controls every aspect of their lives; and bullshit which exists to take every last penny out of their pocket.

    Now, can anyone spot the difference between scientology and Bob’s own brand of bullshit?

    Strangely enough, me neither.

  9. sowa says:

    When Mugabe will die, he should be at least beatified to join the likes of Aloysius Stepinac whose valiant efforts to establish Croatian fascist regime were greatly appreciated by RCC. Fine company, indeed.

  10. Broga says:

    All that wealth, all that control, all that lust for subservience end with a pathetic old man so depressed he struggles to drag one foot past the other. Nature always wins.

  11. sailor1031 says:

    Too bad doG chose to protect Mugabe instead of the more than 20,000 murdered by Mugabe’s government forces in the Matebeleland genocides.
    RCC Inc can condone any evil if carried out by one of their own it seems.

  12. barriejohn says:

    I’m sure that this must have also occurred to someone else:

    Robert Mugabe = Mob rage, brute

  13. sailor1031 says:

    @Barriejohn: odd that the BBC is still putting about the story that Demjenjuk was “Ivan the Terrible” at Treblinka. Demjenjuk was acquitted of this charge by the Israeli court based on evidence from Soviet files and evidence of malfeasance in extradition proceedings by the US Government. He was later charged in Germany as an accessory to murders at Sobibor but it was a much lesser charge. He died before his appeal could be heard so technically, under german law, was not guilty.

  14. barriejohn says:

    @sailor1031: That was made clear in the programme, actually, though not until the end. Many eyewitnesses were quite convinced that he WAS “Ivan the Terrible”, but there was only firm evidence of his being at Sobibor. I think Nazi Hunters was a National Geographic series. The Barbie segment can be viewed here:

  15. sailor1031 says:

    BJ: thanks for the link.

  16. Ate Berga says:

    This priest can’t spot a despot even if he trips over one. A clear example of a religiot only looking out for himself and, devoid of any “special” moral authority, despite their “training”.
    Mad Bob made a complete mess of his country, not to mention the murders and other evil deeds.